The Free Press

Riddell League results: Wet weather, slips and stoppages in ‘very contested’ game

A STRONG second half was enough to earn Wallan its fourth consecutive win in the Riddell District Football Netball League senior competition as it overcame a spirited Woodend-Hesket at the weekend. Playing on the road,...

No dogs, hunting or logging: Cobaw State Forest reclassified to protect flora and fauna

The State Government will change Cobaw State Forest, near Lancefield, to a conservation park, changing the types of activities permitted in the bushland. The plans were revealed last month, along with the creation of a...

Bahh-ewe-tiful: Orphan lamb saved and given ability to walk

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this certainly rings true for this magical moment recently captured at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary at Lancefield. With winter lambing season underway, the haven for...

Australia’s ‘Doctor Dolittle’ releases new interactive children’s book

Chris Humfrey is no stranger to native wildlife and is sharing his experiences with children with his new interactive book, Awesome Australian Animals. The book is the latest venture in Humfrey’s career as a conservationist...

Lancefield brewery one step closer after securing State Government investment

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Lancefield is one step closer to having its own beer, after a Lancefield brewery received a $200,000 State Government investment. The Lost Watering Hole will be an independent brewery, restaurant and café catering...

Riddell League results: Tigers’ tremendous wins

By Colin MacGillivray LANCEFIELD coach Tom Waters believes his side has laid a platform for improvement in the second half of the Riddell District Football Netball League season after earning its second victory of the...

No phone service in Romsey and Lancefield presented ‘major challenge’ during storm

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk A lack of access to communication was identified as the greatest challenge during a major storm that hit the Macedon Ranges earlier this month. The Romsey and Lancefield neighbourhood houses asked residents in...

Wildlife road toll increases after storm as homeless, confused animals wander onto roads

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Victorian animal rescuers have been flooded with calls and requests for assistance for displaced or injured wildlife after the storm that shook the state earlier this month. Not-for-profit organisation Help for Wildlife’s rescue...

Forests and parks remain closed indefinitely after storm

Forests and parks across the Macedon Ranges remain closed for a second week, some indefinitely, as the clean-up effort continues following a freak storm earlier this month. The Wombat State Forest, Cobaw State Forest, the...

Small businesses struggle without financial support even as restrictions ease

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Small businesses, sole traders and community groups across the Mitchell Shire and surrounding regions are still struggling without financial support as restrictions ease statewide. People who have lost their incomes were eligible for...