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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...

Fire reignites wire barrier debate

SAFETY concerns about wire-rope barriers have been reignited by a witness of the Hume Freeway near Clonbinane fires earlier this month. The witness called into 3AW radio station saying they had seen the incident unfold...

Residents want speed change now

By Jackson Russell A lower speed limit through Hidden Valley will be considered as part of the next two Mitchell Shire Council budget processes, but residents say action needs to be taken immediately. Council passed a...

Developers put on notice

By Jackson Russell Mitchell Shire councillors took a stand against housing developments with one road in and out, which has become a focal point for council when assessing new planning permits. At an August 2018 council...

Wallan home damaged by fire

By Steph McNicol A WALLAN house fire at Roulston Way on Thursday night has left a family devastated. The fire caused the garage roof to collapse, damage to the main bedroom and smoke damage to the...

Deer culling begins in Kinglake

DEER culling will begin this month in Kinglake National Park, near Toorourrong Reservoir. Parks Victoria will remove up to 400 Sambar and Red Deer, with the culling program expected to take a year, in an...

Men’s shed help ambo station

KILMORE Men’s Shed is one of many community organisations supporting Wallan Ambulance Station. Last week, shed members constructed and donated a specialised table for the station’s $18,000 practice mannequin. The mannequin will now have a stationary...

New police leader

By Evelyn Leckie NEW Whittlesea Police Inspector Geri Porter is three weeks into her new role, aiming to be a strong leader not only to the police force but for women aspiring to reach their...

Pothole problems

AN unhappy ratepayer has had to fork out $1305 to fix damages he sustained while driving over a deep pothole on Pyalong-Seymour Road. Mark Freeman was travelling on the main road last Tuesday when his...

Negligent driving takes its toll

By Steph McNicol The Transport Accident Commission is again warning motorists of the dangers of using mobile phones while driving, in light of the state’s rising road toll. A simple glance at...