Environment

Whittlesea and Macedon councils sign Victoria’s largest ever emissions reduction plan

The City of Whittlesea and Macedon Ranges councils have signed the largest carbon emissions reduction project ever to be undertaken by Victorian local governments. By signing the Victorian Energy Collaboration agreement, councils commit to using...

‘Ecotherapy’ park – with climbing forest and arts hub – coming to Macedon Ranges

Romsey will soon have a completed multipurpose nature park, following the announcement of a $615,000 State Government grant. The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is being delivered in three stages, with the final stage adding a Woodland...

“An absolute disaster”: Tallarook Forest planned burns put pressure on threatened gliders

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Planned burns by the Department of Land, Water and Planning in Tallarook State Forest in April have drawn concerns over potentially ‘catastrophic’ impact on the native greater glider. Environmental advocate Norm Stimson, who...

Mitchell Council speaks out on rubbish dumping after perpetrators caught on CCTV

Mitchell Shire leaders have condemned the practice of rubbish dumping after a Beveridge man was found guilty of aggravated littering and failure to remove litter last month. The man was caught on Mitchell Shire Council...

Masterplan for management of Seymour’s Whiteheads Creek under investigation

MITCHELL Shire Council are investigating a masterplan for Whiteheads Creek in Seymour. Councillors officially received and noted the report at last month’s council meeting, and agreed a cohesive vision for the creek’s future management was...

Nine mining exploration licences granted in Mitchell Shire and Macedon Ranges

By Colin MacGillivray MINING operations are again in the spotlight across the Macedon Ranges and Mitchell Shire after a fresh wave of exploration licence applications and approvals. Several mining companies have been granted the right to...

Plans for tree stumps near Kilmore Racecourse Reserve

The safety and interests of the 8000 people living in Kilmore trump the demands of a small minority protesting against cypress trees cut down at Kilmore Racecourse and Recreational Reserve, according to its trustees...

Whittlesea Primary’s Indigenous garden opens, full of bush tucker

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Whittlesea Primary School hopes a revitalised Indigenous garden will give students a space to not only learn about Aboriginal culture but also a quiet place to reflect. All 406 of the school’s students...

Composting bins for all Macedon Ranges households

All Macedon Ranges Shire households will soon be able to compost all organic waste, including bones, pet droppings and weeds, as the Food Organics Garden Organics service expands shire-wide in July. Households new to...

1972-2020: Whittlesea Showgrounds oval finally gets a new fence

Whittlesea Football Club’s first home game of the season earlier this month drew spectators right to the edge of the field, with dozens leaning on the new elbow-height fence at the picturesque Whittlesea Showgrounds...