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Mitchell Shire community rallies after wild weather

By Colin MacGillivray VICSES Kilmore unit controller John Koutras has praised the spirit of the Mitchell Shire community, which rallied together in the face of ‘some of the scariest storms’ experienced in the region last...

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...

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Wandong pair awarded OAMs

By Colin MacGillivray DEDICATION to their community and a passion for history saw Wandong-Heathcote Junction residents Karen Christensen and Allen Hall awarded medals of the Order of Australia, OAMs, during today’s Queen’s Birthday celebrations. Ms Christensen...

Queen’s Birthday Honours: Seymour volunteer firefighter awarded service medal

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Seymour volunteer firefighter Lesley Read has been awarded the CFA’s highest honour as part of this year’s Queen’s Birthday honour list. Ms Read is one of 10 Victorian recipients of the Australian Fire...

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...

“No current supplies”: Whittlesea residents rely on food relief as lockdown hits home

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Vulnerable residents across the City of Whittlesea are relying on food donations during the current lockdown. The State Government has locked down Melbourne since May 28 after a COVID-19 outbreak, much of which...

Nexus Primary Health celebrates LGBTIQ community

Nexus Primary Health staff demonstrated their support to diverse communities by participating in International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia, IDAHOBIT, and Midsumma Pride March events. IDAHOBIT unites people globally to acknowledge the resilience...

Donnybrook’s new sports and outdoor precinct set to open early 2022

Donnybrook’s residential areas have continued to expand and create opportunities for people raising families, with the announcement of the Wallaby Donnybrook Early Learning Centre and a nine-hectare sports and outdoor precinct. More than 600 residents...

“It gutted me”: Reconciliation Week in lockdown

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk The day Victoria was plunged into a seven-day COVID-19 circuit-breaker lockdown also marked the first day of Reconciliation Week. The nationwide week of connection for First Nations and non-First Nations people, from May...

Mitchell community rallies in lockdown

MITCHELL Shire residents and community groups have pulled together rapidly after Victoria was plunged into a snap seven-day COVID-19 lockdown at the end of last week. The lockdown has reinstated measures previously employed by the...