Environment

No dogs, hunting or logging: Cobaw State Forest reclassified to protect flora and fauna

The State Government will change Cobaw State Forest, near Lancefield, to a conservation park, changing the types of activities permitted in the bushland. The plans were revealed last month, along with the creation of a...

Forests and parks remain closed indefinitely after storm

Forests and parks across the Macedon Ranges remain closed for a second week, some indefinitely, as the clean-up effort continues following a freak storm earlier this month. The Wombat State Forest, Cobaw State Forest, the...

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...

Bakery owners lament rubbish dumped behind Kilmore’s vacant Red Lion Brewery

By Colin MacGillivray The area behind Kilmore’s vacant Red Lion Brewery has become a dumping ground for household rubbish, angering nearby businesses. Sarah Meakins, the owner of the adjacent Ferguson Plarre bakehouse at 34 Melbourne Street,...

Thousands still without power after wild weather in Mitchell and Macedon Ranges

Thousands of homes in the Mitchell and Macedon shires remain without power tonight after wild winds last night damaged electricity infrastructure. Many people are also without mobile phone reception as telecommunications companies battle to restore...

Kilmore’s Monument Hill upgrade on its way

Kilmore’s Monument Hill Reserve is set to receive an upgrade in signage and tracks, helping to enhance and protect the area according to a Mitchell Shire Council report. Council officers were instructed to prepare a...

Wallan waste dump finally removed

AN industrial-sized waste dump at Wallan’s Newbridge Estate has been finally been removed by a property developer. The site, in Station Street, Wallan East, appeared to include large piles of demolition waste and tyres, as...

Lancefield Primary opens new outdoor learning space

Lancefield Primary School has opened its new bush learning play area, with a focus on Indigenous flora and fauna and space for outdoor classes. Wrapping around the south-east corner of the school, the space features...

Youth clothing swap in Wallan diverts kilos from landfill

By Max Davies Mitchell Youth Council’s Clothes Swap Project culminated in an all-day event at Wallan last month. The project was launched earlier this year in a bid to promote sustainable fashion practices and educate people...