Environment

Planning for Gisborne underway

CONSULTATION is underway for the future of Gisborne, and Macedon Ranges Shire Council is encouraging residents to have their say on the draft plans. Council officers collaborated online with design consultants City Collective to host...

Ecosystem in decline

By Steph McNicol Macedon Ranges Shire Council has thrown its support behind the shire’s smallest residents, outlining the plight of the area’s ecosystem, including endangered flora and fauna. The council’s submission to the State Parliament’s Inquiry...

Petition draws development ire

By Jackson Russell A petition to stop the Broadford Pine Plantation from being split in half and turned into a residential development has gathered more than 700 signatures in less than a week. In the draft...

Food and garden bins to roll out in 2025

Mitchell Shire Council will institute a weekly food and garden organics kerbside collection service from March 2025. Councillors made a unanimous decision about the food and garden bins, along with fortnightly garbage and recycling collections,...

New trees green up Mitchell Shire

MORE than 300 freshly-planted trees are greening up the Mitchell Shire landscape as part of council's annual tree planting program. The trees comprise a variety of native species selected for their adaptability to changing environments...

Firewood shortage causes worry

By Steph McNicol People relying on firewood to warm their homes this winter have expressed concerns over a shortage from their suppliers. Glenaroua resident Tanya Matthews said she had experienced difficulty in buying firewood to heat...

Logging concerns

By Jackson Russell A Mitchell Shire environment group has raised concerns about the proposed logging of a section of the Tallarook State Forest by VicForests. VicForests is currently planning to log 14 coupes in Tallarook State...

Hopes of exploring for gold across Mitchell Shire

By Colin MacGillivray PERTH-BASED mining company Torrens Mining has applied for exploration licences covering most of Mitchell Shire in the belief the area could yield significant gold deposits. Torrens has already been granted an exploration licence...

Works continue through lockdown

Works on several essential projects are being continued by Mitchell Shire Council throughout Victoria’s second lockdown. Road crews, maintenance teams, arborists, parks and gardens staff, contractors and project managers are still hard at work despite...

Illegal rubbish dumper nabbed

Mitchell Shire Council’s local laws officers have fined a resident more than $300 after covert cameras caught them illegally dumping waste along Old Sydney Road, near Wallan. The resident admitted to the crime when questioned...