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Lockdown luck: South Morang couple wins big in lottery

A South Morang couple are planning to shout their friends to lavish celebrations as soon as lockdown lifts after winning $1 million in Wednesday’s Lotto draw. The couple were one of the three division one...

Small businesses struggle without financial support even as restrictions ease

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Small businesses, sole traders and community groups across the Mitchell Shire and surrounding regions are still struggling without financial support as restrictions ease statewide. People who have lost their incomes were eligible for...

Broadford bill bungle: residents charged for water meter reader error

By Colin MacGillivray MANY Broadford residents were shocked to see a spike in their quarterly water bills last month after a Goulburn Valley Water error in January led to higher bills in May. GV Water managing...

Mitchell Shire residents urge council to make changes to its 2021-22 budget

By Colin MacGillivray MITCHELL Shire residents have urged council to consider including a range of measures when it finalises its 2021-22 budget and four-year rating plan this month. At a community questions and hearing committee meeting...

Pandemic cost City of Whittlesea millions, new report finds

A report of the City of Whittlesea’s corporate performance has tallied the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on council as $4.4 million. The report found that between the start of the 2020-21 financial year and...

Macedon Ranges draft budget 21-22: Where’s the money going?

Expenditure of $7.068 million on road infrastructure and $6.7 million for recreation, leisure and community facilities are highlights of a $102 million Macedon Ranges Shire Council draft budget. A key component of the money spent...

Budget 2021: What will north-central Victorians get?

By Colin MacGillivray MITCHELL Shire and Whittlesea councils have welcomed Federal Government funding for projects across the region in last week’s budget, but opposition members have criticised the announcements as lacking substance. Among the key budget...

Mitchell Shire Council divided on draft budget

By Colin MacGillivray MITCHELL Shire councillors have urged the community to have its say after last week debating a divisive 2021-22 draft budget. Council resolved to release the draft budget for public consultation at a meeting...

Mitchell Shire workers hit by JobKeeper cancellation

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk THE JobKeeper wage subsidy, implemented in early 2020 to keep businesses afloat during the pandemic and support employers to hold onto their employees, expired last week, cutting financial support to nearly one...

Bank offers COVID support grants

BENDIGO Bank will support community groups across Mitchell Shire with COVID recovery grants of up to $500. The Bank’s Wallan, Kilmore and Broadford branches, operated by NorCen Financial Services, will provide one-off payments to community...