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School life begins for prep students

A NEW journey for the state’s youngest school students began last week as foundation, or prep, students put their school uniforms on and headed into classrooms for the first time. There were many mixed reports...

Sponsorship a key focus for inaugural Big Group Hug chief executive

By Tricia Mifsud Big Group Hug has appointed its inaugural chief executive Bernadene Voss to lead the not-for-profit organisation into a new era. Big Group Hug, an organisation that responds to the needs of vulnerable children...

Beveridge author publishes first book

By Max Davies Beveridge author Chris Barber published his first book last month, with the children’s book exploring themes of independent decision making and sharing learnings that come as a parent. Sparkle Light Lollipop Girl: The...

St Patrick’s Primary School, Kilmore, unveils veterans project

ST PATRICK’S Primary School’s veteran project was unveiled last week, with students commemorating and remembering the service of veterans. The science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, STEAM, project started earlier this year at the...

Doreen: Orchard Road kinder’s funding boost

DOREEN'S Orchard Road Community and Early Learning Centre will receive a boost to its facilities following the announcement of a $77,808 grant. Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green last week visited the centre to announce...

Kilmore Community Centre celebrates Children’s Week through art

Children at the Kilmore Community Centre worked together to reflect this year’s Children’s Week theme - that children have the right to choose their friends and safely connect with others. During Children’s Week in late...

Rob Mitchell slams childcare fee increase

MEMBER for McEwen Rob Mitchell has called for the Federal Government to reduce childcare costs and halt fee increases to help families financially recover from the pandemic. In 2020, the government introduced a relief package...

New kindergarten announced for Donnybrook

A new two-room kindergarten is being built on Eucalyptus Drive, Donnybrook, increasing capacity for kinder children in the growing area by 132 places. The kindergarten is being delivered by the State Government and the City...

Three Brushes Studio’s Wandong art show showcases young talent

AN art show at Wandong Hall on the weekend showcased more than 100 works made by young artists from Wallan, Kilmore, Wandong and surrounds. Hosted by Wandong’s Three Brushes Studio, the show featured works by...

Beveridge family stumped after homemade bicycle jump blocked off

RESIDENTS of Mandalay in Beveridge are calling for an explanation after their homemade bicycle jump was blocked off by work crews last week. Parents and their children dug a small bicycle jump near Mandalay’s creek...