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Smoky weather causes concern

By Evelyn Leckie HAZARDOUS smoke that covered most of Victoria last week caused several services in the region to shut shop in order to protect residents’ health and safety. As air quality levels dropped to the...

Australia Day change

Evelyn Leckie THIS year’s Australia Day celebrations by the City of Whittlesea may mark a pivotal moment in council history, as Indigenous perspectives will be acknowledged during Sunday’s event. A minute’s silence at the council-run event...

Kilmore SES looks to the future

By Jackson Russell Kilmore’s SES unit will soon be able start work on some much-needed upgrades as the title of the land on White Street has officially been transferred to Victoria State Emergency Service. Once council...

Call for deers to be classed as pests

By Evelyn Leckie MACEDON Ranges Shire Council will again write to the Premier of Victoria and several ministers to request the immediate listing of deer as a pest animal in Victoria. Council’s director of planning and...

Council staff deployed to assist

Council staff from both Mitchell and Macedon Ranges shires have been deployed to Victoria’s north-east to assit with bushfire response and recovery. Mitchell Shire Council staff have joined many other local government staff to support...

Green light for Tallarook hall

Final modifications to the plans for the Tallarook Mechanics Institute Hall rebuild were finalised just prior to Christmas with building to begin in this year. After the hall was destroyed by fire in 2018, Mitchell...

Council approves Tallarook festival venue amendment

By Jackson Russell THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED SINCE BEING PUBLISHED IN OUR JANUARY 7, 2020 EDITION DUE TO A FACTUAL ERROR INCORRECTLY PROVIDED TO THE REVIEW. An amended planning permit for Our Friends Farm in...

Council’s court plans criticised

YOUNG girls in their sporting uniforms crowded the City of Whittlesea foyer and sat cross-legged on the council chamber floor to await council’s decision on the future of basketball and netball in the municipality. At...

Tumultuous times at Whittlesea council

By Evelyn Leckie The City of Whittlesea has experienced a turbulent week since its decision to sack its chief executive – the State Government has appointed a monitor and an investigation is now underway into...

Food recycling launched

KERBSIDE waste collection in the Macedon Ranges Shire will now include food organics to divert thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill. State Government money will support a project worth more than $460,000 to potentially...