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Ecosystem in decline

By Steph McNicol Macedon Ranges Shire Council has thrown its support behind the shire’s smallest residents, outlining the plight of the area’s ecosystem, including endangered flora and fauna. The council’s submission to the State Parliament’s Inquiry...

Restoration works underway at Kelly house

By Jackson Russell The childhood home of Victorian icon, bushranger Ned Kelly, is receiving some much-needed restoration works. Works began at the Kelly House in February after the house and surrounding land in Beveridge was acquired...

Sixty years strong for Mernda couple

MERNDA residents Bill and Nancy Barber will celebrate 60 years of marriage on Thursday – a milestone admired by their children. Despite having to celebrate at home due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mr Barber said it...

Heritage bid for Whitburgh Cottage

MITCHELL Shire councillors hope ‘overdue’ works on Kilmore’s historic Whitburgh Cottage can begin next year after applying for a heritage grant to restore the building. The council approved an application for $200,000 to restore the...

Small changes to Australia Day

By Evelyn Leckie SMALL steps have been taken towards reconciliation with the City of Whittlesea to hold a minute’s silence at its Australia Day celebrations next year. The minute of silence will be at all council...

Treasured volunteers

DOREEN volunteers were recognised for a total of 245 years of service to the Country Fire Authority. An award presentation honouring members with Service and National Award medals was at Doreen Fire Station on November...

Travelling medallion

By Steph McNicol A medallion from the South African Boer War in 1900-1902 found in far north Queensland has returned to its home in Broadford. Barbara Kendall's late husband purchased the medal from a pawn shop...

Mayor makes history

CITY of Whittlesea has elected Councillor Emilia Sterjova to lead the municipality next year - making her the youngest mayor in Australian history at age 22. At a meeting on Thursday, Whittlesea councillors elected Cr...

Mounted constable remembered 150 years on

By Evelyn Leckie A police officer who died while on duty in 1894 was commemorated at a Victoria Police memorial dedication last Tuesday in Avenel. Mounted Constable John Joseph Glynn served the Avenel Police station from...

Worldwide connection

By Evelyn Leckie AN unexpected email sent to the wrong address has connected two men’s sheds from across the world. Romsey Men’s Shed members in the United Kingdom were puzzled when an email landed in their...