Welcome To Thorpy News

"Thorpdale Community News" is the print voice of Thorpdale, a very small township in the beautiful rolling hills of the Strzelecki Ranges in West Gippsland, Victoria.  We definitely grow the most magnificent range of potatoes in the country and field the friendliest people!

This newsletter commenced at the Primary School in June 1994 in A5 format, growing to the 28 to 40 page A4 publication it is today. We've even exchanged the folding of the newsletter from sitting on small school chairs to more adult comfortable ones in private homes!  Warmth was an element there too.  

In October 2016, we were delighted to go (partially) colour - and for the last two years we have been able to have a full-colour print run for our Christmas issues. However, as we are a not-for-profit organisation and accept donations only for this newsletter, so cost has to be taken into account and colour isn't possible any other time except for our on-line readers.

A small but dedicated band of residents ensure that the information contained in this publication is as correct and up-to-date as possible.   We'd really like to hear what you like (or dislike) about this website and Thorpy News itself, so visit our Guestbook and post a comment.  Constructive criticism never hurts, although compliments are really great too!

To ensure you don't miss a deadline for submitting that all important wedding/engagement/birth/death story, we have listed deadline reminders on our Dates page and we would be happy to hear of more events you think should be shared - just email through via the Contact Us page.  

Should you wish to subscribe to this newsletter and have a hard copy mailed to you each month (excluding January and April), the cost is $10.  Just use the Contact Us page providing your name and postal address - and an invoice will be sent with the first issue. Likewise, potential advertisers are welcomed with open arms - every little helps fund this vital and much enjoyed community newsletter; our rates are exceptionally cost-effective and our readership is wider than you would think.


















Thorpy News Crew:

Editor:         Barbara Butterworth

Treasurer:    Lynne Willis

Team:          Marj Fraser
                    Val Blackshaw
                    Wendy Jennings
                    Jude Robinson

                    Lynne Willis                                    Marj Fraser
                                      Darron Fraser                                  Wayne Butterworth



We are indebted to our local businesses who have supported us over the years and have allowed us to grow and increase our circulation.  We actively encourage you to utilise their services whenever you can.


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Able Mechanical & Auto Services  Baw Baw Shire Council
BH Resume Writing
Community Bank Trafalgar
Darren Farrell Contracting
Durkin Produce
E.E. Muir & Sons 
GCA Concrete Pty Ltd    Gippsland Wools
John Brown for Tyres
Kennedy Haulage             
Mirboo Bolts
P.M. O'Toole Cartage Contractor
Russell & Linda Linn Sawmilling  Samba Metal Works
Thorpdale Post Office & Gift Shop
TKC Mobile Accounting Service
Trafalgar Tyre Service
Trentleck Solar
Trevor Sedgman Auto Service Victorian Government