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CFA urges people to prepare for fire season

VICTORIANS are being urged to prepare their homes for the upcoming fire season as preparation advice by the Country Fire Authority started circulating last week. With a large amount of rainfall forecast between now and...

Grant supports artisan producers

By Jackson Russell Tooborac pork producer McIvor Farm Foods will soon be able to expand its product range with the help of a State Government’s Small Scale and Craft grant. McIvor Farm Foods owners Belinda and...

New helmets for CFA volunteers

Country Fire Authority’s District 12 firefighters will receive new structural firefighting helmets, with 151 helmets to be distributed across several brigades. The helmets are available to members who hold qualifications in the use of breathing...

Call for trail funding

Community group Friends of the Bendigo Kilmore Rail Trail believes the timing is right to construct a rail trail between Wallan and Heathcote to act as an economic stimulus for Mitchell Shire. According to the...

Stock theft hard to solve

By Jackson Russell Stock theft is an ongoing problem for police in rural and semi-rural areas, with more than $200,000 worth of stock stolen from Mitchell Shire properties across eight incidents since January 2019. The biggest...

Regional groups finalists in state awards

KILMORE’S BlazeAid founders Rhonda and Kevin Butler have reached the semi-finals after being nominated for the Regional Achievement and Community Awards, alongside other Mitchell and Macedon residents nominated. The Kilmore East residents are in the...

Equipment boost for CFA brigades

By Colin MacGillivray CFA brigades across the City of Whittlesea have claimed a share of $4.8 million dollars of fire-fighting equipment and training programs distributed across Victoria. The equipment was purchased with the aid of community...

SES urges people to be flood ready

By Colin MacGillivray THE Victoria State Emergency Service, VICSES, has called for people to be flood ready as a potentially wet spring arrives. The Bureau of Meteorology recently released data indicating La Niña weather was likely...

Calls for fuel reduction and community involvement

By Jackson Russell Tooborac farmer Bill Chisholm has called on the state and federal governments to step up fire prevention and management measures in a submission to the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements. Mr...

Councils boost investment in trail

By Jackson Russell Mitchell Shire Council has joined Murrindindi and Mansfield councils in boosting investment into the Great Victorian Rail Trail. As part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail Strategic Development Plan, the three councils will...