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Fired up over reforms

By Colin MacGillivray A lack of consultation and underfunding are two of the major concerns expressed by volunteer firefighter leaders in condemning State Government fire service reforms set to come into effect tomorrow. The government’s restructuring...

Plug pulled on Seymour Show

SEYMOUR Agricultural and Pastoral Society will abandon plans for this year’s Seymour Show in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Society president Jason Ronald last week announced the show would not go ahead as planned,...

Men’s sheds reopen

Men’s Sheds across the country have started to reopen after weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, giving men an opportunity to get together and experience health benefits. With Men’s Sheds closed for several...

Blood donor call-out

Following World Blood Donor Day on Sunday, Country Fire Authority members across the state are rolling up their sleeves as part of the Emergency Services Blood Challenge. For one volunteer firefighter from Bolinda and Monegeetta...

Farmer fears extinction in growth corridor

By Steph McNicol BEVERIDGE farmer Greg Heffernan fears the development of Melbourne’s metropolitan outskirts will force agricultural farming out of existence. Having lived on his Beveridge farm most of his life, Mr Heffernan said the decision...

Online platform supports farmers

Not-for-profit service Open Food Network has allowed farmers to continue to run their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic despite the shut down of restaurants, cafes and farmers markets thanks to a new open-source online...

Statewide awards for region’s producers

By Jackson Russell Two of the region’s producers have been honoured in the 2020 delicious Produce Awards for their farm-to-table goods. Clonbinane’s Warialda Belted Galloways and Tooborac’s McIvor Farm Foods were both named state winners in...

Recovery boost

By Jackson Russell - Mitchell Shire Council will waive an abundance of fees to support residents and businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Employment opportunities across Mitchell Shire will also be bolstered through the...

Tourism boost

A 23-kilometre trail connecting major towns in the Macedon Ranges Shire will aim to boost tourism to the region, following the economical effects of COVID-19. Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas last week announced $8.75 million...

Wear orange for SES

Whittlesea State Emergency Service Unit is encouraging everyone to wear orange on Wednesday to support the SES volunteers who dedicate their time to communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The volunteers are...