The Free Press

Big cat call-out

By Evelyn Leckie PODCASTER Ben Beed is calling for Macedon Ranges residents to contact him to contribute to his podcast Missing Panther. The NSW man said he was fascinated by the intrigue of panthers and whether...

Shadow soldiers commemorate Anzacs

By Steph McNicol ROMSEY resident Melissa Hubbard created more than a 1000 shadow soldiers for the community to commemorate Anzac Day. Ms Hubbard said she wanted to do something simple for herself to commemorate the day,...

Collaborative response

By Steph McNicol -  MACEDON Ranges residents will now have access to a one-stop-shop support centre during COVID-19, thanks to collaboration between Macedon Ranges Shire Council and shire-wide health organisations. The Recovery Operations Centre opened last...

Egg-cellent increase

By Steph McNicol ONE business thriving during the COVID-19 pandemic is Josh’s Rainbow Eggs as it tries to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for ‘ethical eggs’. Tamsyn Murray and her son Josh have spent more...

To market we go

LANCEFIELD residents and visitors can look forward to another Lancefield and District Farmer’s Market on Saturday despite COVID-19 restrictions. The market will begin at 9am at the Lancefield Park on Chauncey Street where, through the...

COVID-19 Update: One new case in Victoria

Authorities say social distancing measures appear to be working as Victoria recorded just one additional case of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the state total of confirmed cases to 1302. No new deaths were reported, with the...

Macedon kinders to reopen this week

MACEDON Ranges Shire Council kindergartens will reopen for term two this week with modifications in place for coronavirus. Following the State Government’s announcement of free kindergarten for a term, four-year-old kinder will resume on Thursday. The...

A helping hand

AWARD-winning gin distillery Big Tree Distillery is now making hand sanitiser to support the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The Australian Taxation Office reduced the excise on ethanol, which gave distillers Catherine Crothers and Gary...

Victorian students to learn from home

Most Victorian students will be learning from home when Term 2 of the school year starts next week, while free internet access and laptops will be provided to students who need it the most. Premier...

Crafting to protect

By Jackson Russell -  A group of crafty volunteers have turned their hand from helping wildlife affected by bushfires to creating scrubs for healthcare workers on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ranges Rescue is now...