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What’s on for Mitchell Shire kids these school holidays?

With school holidays to start next week amid restrictions on activities and socialising, Mitchell Shire Council is offering several options to keep children entertained. People aged between 12 and 24 can join council’s youth services...

Parents under pressure as childcare rules change and lockdowns drag on

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk With childcare restrictions changing three times in the last fortnight, and after more than 150 days of remote schooling since the pandemic began, City of Whittlesea parents of young children have been...

Newham Primary School wins National Landcare Award

Newham Primary School were among two Victorians to win a National Landcare Award on Thursday night. More than 3000 people from across the country came together online to watch the awards, hosted by ABC TV...

Broadford Spoonville sprouts in lockdown

A SPOONVILLE has made its way to Broadford, providing children some fun and colour in what has been a confusing 18 months for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Broadford resident Ally Kendrick said after seeing...

Whittlesea cartoonist publishes new book, a step-by-step guide for kids of all ages

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Doreen-based and Whittlesea-bred cartoonist Brett Cardwell has released his new book – a 40-page guide to cartooning basics for beginners. Mr Cardwell has been running cartooning workshops in schools and communities for 15...

Mitchell Shire is experiencing a pandemic baby boom, with births up more than 30%

By Colin McGillivray MITCHELL Shire is in the midst of a COVID-19 baby boom, with figures showing a spike in births across the region during the past year. In an eight-day span earlier this month, 25...

$3 million announced to support Macedon Ranges students with disabilities and increase school safety

SCHOOLS in Macedon will share $1.8 million from a State Government disability inclusion package aimed at supporting learning, contribution and participation of children with disabilities in their schools and classrooms. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas...

Construction commences on large, multi-level playground in Broadford

The old playground is gone and the construction crew have moved in to start work on the new playground at Broadford’s Memorial Park. The playground, in High Street Broadford, will soon feature a large structure...

Kilmore charity caring for children post-life-saving surgeries gets $30,000 donation

BENDIGO Bank’s Kilmore, Wallan and Broadford branches have donated $30,000 to the Children First Foundation’s Kilmore East retreat for children recovering from life-saving surgeries. Children First Foundation is an Australian-based charity that provides medical care to sick,...

Wallan family loses daughter to rare genetic disease, fights on for her twin brother...

By Colin MacGillivray WALLAN mother Louise Pryde has vowed to fight for greater awareness about rare genetic diseases in memory of her daughter Aria, who died of vanishing white matter disease (VWM) in May, and...