Safety

Grass fire requires air support

By Jackson Russell Three fires late last week had Mitchell Shire fire brigades busy, with a grass fire near Broadford more than 15 acres large requiring air support and a house in Seymour burning down. A...

Fireworks ignite grassland at Mernda

A GRASS fire in Mernda has served a timely reminder of the dangers of illegal fireworks. Firefighters were called to reports of a grass and scrub fire at Cassinias Grove, on the outskirts of Mernda,...

Diving platform demolished

MACEDON Ranges Shire Council, with support from police, removed a makeshift and unsafe creekside diving platform near Dixon Field at Gisborne. Council and police had received complaints about the structure and upon investigation found a...

Fire destroys school

By Jackson Russell THE Puckapunyal community is devastated after much of its primary school was destroyed by fire on Sunday afternoon. Country Fire Authority crews were dispatched following a call to triple zero about 1.15pm. Incident controller...

Be aware of grassfire risk

THIS year’s CFA declared fire danger period will begin at 1am on Monday, December 14 in the City of Whittlesea. During a fire danger period there are changes to restrictions, meaning people cannot light a...

New fire station for Pyalong

PYALONG is set to receive a much-needed new fire station as part of the State Government’s $126 million Fire Services Reform funding program. The new station will replace Pyalong’s existing 38-year-old building and will enable...

Fire danger period begins in Mitchell

The fire danger period in the Mitchell Shire will begin on Monday December 7. Mitchell Shire Council is stepping up its fire safety programs and is calling on the community to follow suit. Council has completed...

Standing united

By Lauren Duffy A RIDDELLS Creek father whose daughter was murdered in Melbourne last year is standing with his community to back the 16 Days of Activism campaign. John Herron’s daughter Courtney was murdered by a...

Schools step up to show support

THE Lancefield Romsey Stand Together campaign will provide a tangible, grassroots initiative encompassing the community, as part the 16 Days of Activism campaign in the Macedon Ranges. Two primary schools, Lancefield Primary School and St...

In the firing line

By Jackson Russell MITCHELL police will put fires caused by recklessness and negligence under the spotlight this summer as part of Operation Safeguard. This summer will be the second year for the annual operation, which aims...