The Free Press

Regional hospitality businesses count down days until eased restrictions

By Colin MacGillivray HOSPITALITY businesses across the north-central region are hoping for a further easing of Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions this week as they recover from the state’s most recent lockdown. While regional hospitality businesses were able...

Thousands without power for days in Macedon Ranges

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Wednesday night’s storm that pummelled the Macedon Ranges left tens of thousands of residents without power, while many experienced property damage or reduced road access due to fallen trees. Sustained wind gusts of...

Macedon Ranges council split over Lancefield land development proposal

By Colin MacGillivray A DECISION on a permit for the sale of gardening and trade supplies on agricultural land in Lancefield has divided Macedon Ranges Shire councillors. The permit for the use and development of land...

Thousands still without power after wild weather in Mitchell and Macedon Ranges

Thousands of homes in the Mitchell and Macedon shires remain without power tonight after wild winds last night damaged electricity infrastructure. Many people are also without mobile phone reception as telecommunications companies battle to restore...

Melbourne lockdown to lift, restrictions to further ease for regional Victoria

The circuit-breaker lockdown in greater Melbourne will lift at 11.59pm Thursday night, while restrictions will further ease for regional Victoria. Victoria's Acting Premier James Merlino has announced this morning the five reasons to leave home...

Five dogs disappeared from Lancefield within two weeks, owners suspect theft

By Max Davies Five dogs, all desirable breeds, have gone missing in the Macedon Ranges and not sighted since, prompting owners to fear they have been stolen. The dogs disappeared from the Lancefield and Cobaw areas...

Farmers’ markets green lit for lockdowns after months of battling last year

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk After fighting an uphill battle to keep farmers’ markets open during last year’s stage four lockdown, organisers across Victoria are rejoicing their essential status this time around. Victorian Farmers’ Market Association accredited markets...

COVID chaos for local sport as matches abandoned

By Colin MacGillivray RIDDELL District Football Netball League clubs are still waiting to learn whether round eight matches that were called off due to Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown will be rescheduled or abandoned. League general manager Jordan...

Kyneton Museum to be taken over by choose-your-adventure performance work

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk A collective of Victorian artists will takeover and transform the Kyneton Museum into an immersive performance space this month, restrictions permitting. For four weekends in June, Museum Undone will see the existing collection...

Lancefield Primary opens new outdoor learning space

Lancefield Primary School has opened its new bush learning play area, with a focus on Indigenous flora and fauna and space for outdoor classes. Wrapping around the south-east corner of the school, the space features...