Finance

NAB Kilmore branch cuts back hours

National Australia Bank, NAB, Kilmore branch has had its opening hours slashed and will now serve customers for only three hours each weekday. From April 4, the bank’s open hours were reduced to 9.30am to...

Whittlesea council calls for budget feedback

A long-term strategic outlook with significant investment in key services and projects is how City of Whittlesea chair administrator Lydia Wilson sees the council's draft budget 2022-23. The budget is now open for community feedback...

Yara Valley Water offering savings on water bills

Yarra Valley Water is offering customers support to help pay their water bills through its WaterCare program. The program helps financially vulnerable customers and concession card holders who are entitled to government incentives, concessions and...

Mitchell Shire Council draft capital works program out for comment

A $192 MILLION slate of works across Mitchell Shire during the next four years is up for public scrutiny after council released a draft capital works program for comment. The draft program, starting in 2022-23...

Volunteer groups grab grants

Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell has congratulated local recipients of the Federal Government’s Volunteer Grants Program. The program, now into round six, was designed to support community groups and not-for-profit organisations that use volunteers to...

Greater latitude for staff under new Mitchell Shire Council policy

MITCHELL Shire Council officers will assess the effectiveness of a newly-adopted procurement policy during the next 12 months after councillors voted to adopt it last month. The policy outlines the responsibilities of council management and...

Mitchell Shire Council budget slips back into deficit

A GRIM outlook was presented in Mitchell Shire Council’s quarterly report for the first three months of the 2021-22 financial year, with a forecast underlying deficit of $3.43 million. The reasons for the change to...

Local prices inflate as global shipping delays and skyrocketing freight costs hit home

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Mitchell Shire retailers and manufacturers relying on international trade are considering raising their prices as global shipping congestion, manufacturing downturns and skyrocketing freight prices escalate. This is the 16th consecutive week of freight...

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...