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Grant supports artisan producers

By Jackson Russell Tooborac pork producer McIvor Farm Foods will soon be able to expand its product range with the help of a State Government’s Small Scale and Craft grant. McIvor Farm Foods owners Belinda and...

Statewide award for Barry Plant Mitchell Shire

Barry Plant Mitchell Shire was crowned winner of the Marketing and Communication Award at the 2020 Real Estate Institute of Victoria Awards for Excellence on Thursday. Due to COVID-19, tuxedos and ball gowns were traded...

Pay it forward inititative takes off

By Steph McNicol KILMORE’s Handmade Marketplace owner Jessie Mann has jumped on board a social media initiative inviting community members to ‘pay forward’ a coffee for other people. Cafés across Australia and the world have implemented...

Council vision outlined

By Colin MacGillivray WHILE the City of Whittlesea will not join municipalities across Victoria hosting council elections this month, its panel of administrators has set down its vision for the next four years. Administrators Lydia Wilson,...

Outdoor dining support available

WHITTLESEA council will help local restaurants and cafes expand their outdoor dining capabilities to prepare for warmer weather as soon as COVID-19 restrictions allow. The State Government has encouraged food service businesses to provide more...

Cycling investment call

By Colin MacGillivray THE owner of a Kilmore bike shop has called for Mitchell Shire Council to invest in cycling infrastructure when COVID-19 restrictions ease. The appeal comes in the wake of a survey released by...

Candidate hopes to focus on investment

RIDDELLS Creek resident Annette Death hopes to invest in local services, infrastructure and businesses if she is elected as a councillor for Macedon Ranges Shire. The mother of two will contest the east ward and...

Pubs welcome back patrons

By Jackson Russell Mitchell Shire’s pubs, clubs and cafes reopened their doors for the first time last week, since being forced to close when stage three COVID-19 restrictions were reintroduced on July 8. The re-opening comes...

No luck for gyms

By Jackson Russell Gym owners have been left confused after being suddenly told they were unable to reopen when regional Victoria moved to the third step of the State Government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 restrictions. When...

Dog groomers united in animal welfare concerns

By Steph McNicol WHITTLESEA Hairy Cherubs dog grooming salon owner Trish Wileman says she is worried for the welfare of people’s pets as metropolitan Melbourne groomers are unable to open under current COVID-19 restrictions. Metropolitan groomers...