Environment

Winemakers source unique grapes from Kilmore

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Autumn is vintage in Victoria, when winemakers harvest their grapes ready to be fermented and bottled later in the year. In warm areas like Queensland, grapes can be picked as early as January,...

Clean-up day on Sunday

COMMUNITY groups, schools, businesses and individual across Mitchell Shire are set to clean up the region on Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday. Residents are encouraged to tackle the surge in single-use disposable items, such...

Wollert ‘super lots’ proposal rejected

A PLANNING permit application for the development of four ‘super lots’ on Bindts Road, Wollert has been rejected by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Dahua Epping Development Pty Ltd challenged the City of Whittlesea...

Gisborne gardens to grow

GISBORNE Botanic Gardens has received $130,000 as part of the State Government’s Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grants program. A total of 26 gardens across the state will share in $2.42 million in the latest round...

Sale of Hanging Rock East Paddock remains under a cloud

THE future of Hanging Rock East Paddock is at a standstill after the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Macedon Ranges Shire Council were unable to reach an agreement on the monetary...

Call for council to adopt bold emissions target

BEAM Mitchell Environment Group has called for Mitchell Shire Council to adopt a ‘bold’ target of zero net carbon emissions within the next decade. Group president Peter Lockyer and member Clare Daly presented to the...

Quarry appeal

By Colin MacGillivray AN appeal against Mitchell Shire Council’s decision to deny a planning permit for a quarry south of Wallan will be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in early May. Councillors unanimously...

Mitchell Shire councillors refuse planning permit for quarry south of Wallan

MITCHELL Shire councillors voted unanimously to deny a planning permit application for a quarry south of Wallan at tonight's ordinary council meeting. An officers' report presented to councillors recommended the planning permit for the North...

Objectors to Wallan south quarry voice concerns to Mitchell Shire Council

By Colin MacGillivray Lower property values, traffic problems, damage to the environment and noise and air pollution were key points raised by objectors to quarry south of Wallan, at a Mitchell Shire meeting on Monday...

Call for clarity on logging plans

BEAM Mitchell Environment Group leaders have called for more transparency from state forestry body VicForests over concerns about planned logging in Tallarook State Forest. The group believes logging at coupes in the forest could begin...