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NAIDOC Week events: What’s on in north-central Victoria?

After Reconciliation Week events in May 2021 were thwarted due to Victoria’s circuit-breaker lockdown, regional Victorian Indigenous communities are relishing the return of NAIDOC Week, from July 4 to 11, with a range of...

Doreen CFA captain retires with medal and truck after 11 years of volunteer leadership

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Doreen Country Fire Authority captain Chris Maries was awarded a brigade lifetime membership medal at a ceremony on Sunday to mark his retirement after 11 years of volunteer leadership. CFA chief executive Natalie...

Sports facility upgrades in Kilmore, Broadford, Wallan and Seymour green-lit in funding splash

Communities will have access to improve sports facilities after projects across the Mitchell Shire received funding from the State Government’s Sport and Recreation Victoria. A $1 million reconstruction of netball and tennis courts in Kilmore...

Whittlesea Bowls Club donates 250 meals to residents affected by lockdowns or storms

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Whittlesea Bowls Club made and donated 250 meals to residents who had lost their incomes or been affected by greater Melbourne’s lockdown. Unexpectedly, the meal drive on June 10 came a day after...

Kilmore couple named Australian Farming Legends of the Year

By Colin MacGillivray KILMORE East couple Kevin and Rhonda Butler’s dedication to supporting farmers across the country was recognised on the national stage at the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards on Thursday. The Butlers were...

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...