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Whittlesea carols move online

By Colin MacGillivray ORGANISERS of Whittlesea’s annual community carols have a message for anyone who thought the COVID-19 pandemic might prevent the event from going ahead this year – you can’t cancel Christmas. The carols will...

Festival cancelled

By Colin MacGillivray ORGANISERS of February’s Whittlesea Country Music Festival have pulled the pin on the event, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic making it logistically impossible. The festival had been due to celebrate its 21st anniversary...

Local podcast renewed for second season

By Colin MacGillivray AN eclectic mix of poetry, stories, interviews, life advice and more will again stream its way to the ears of listeners in Macedon Ranges Shire and beyond after ‘The Covid Crossing’ podcast...

Multicultural dinner a success

By Colin MacGillivray ORGANISERS have hailed an online multicultural dinner hosted by Mernda Community House last month as a huge success. The dinner, hosted on web-based conferencing platform Zoom, was intended to bring together residents from...

Short film to address bullying

By Steph McNicol WHITTLESEA resident Rhiannon Williams hopes to raise awareness about the impacts of bullying on mental health with her short film Laura Please Come Home. Ms Williams has lived in Whittlesea most of her...

Song to raise money for mental health

ELECTRONIC music producer Corey Courts, better known as Justflow Music, was inspired to raise money for mental health awareness through his music. Mr Courts, who grew up in Kilmore and currently resides in Albury, NSW,...

Radio station tunes in to seniors festival

WHITTLESEA broadcaster Plenty Valley FM 88.6 is offering a unique program for the region’s older residents as part of this year’s Victorian Seniors Festival. The station has joined other community radio stations across the state...

Whittlesea boy brightens COVID-19

YOUNG Whittlesea musician Ben Gillard hopes to brighten people’s days during COVID-19 lockdown, especially with his latest cover of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ by The Beatles. Ben, 12, said he had been playing guitar for...

Sisters cook up a storm on TV cooking show

MERNDA sisters Ashley and Kelly Vola are ready to take the people of Australia on a culinary adventure. The pair is set to feature on Channel Seven’s upcoming reality cooking TV show Plate of Origin,...

Musicians to star in new online series

SPECIAL guests, new studio settings, plus top-class musicians and giveaways are all on the horizon for Wallan-based promoter Benjamin Gregory, as he introduces his new series. Mr Gregory, also known as Benny Gregs, has teamed...