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Whittlesea council adopts 21/22 budget: Seniors and infrastructure in focus

Services for older people and new infrastructure will be a focus of the City of Whittlesea’s 2021-22 budget. Council will spend $229 million to deliver more than 100 operating services and programs, including $12 million...

Thousands still without power after wild weather in Mitchell and Macedon Ranges

Thousands of homes in the Mitchell and Macedon shires remain without power tonight after wild winds last night damaged electricity infrastructure. Many people are also without mobile phone reception as telecommunications companies battle to restore...

Melbourne lockdown to lift, restrictions to further ease for regional Victoria

The circuit-breaker lockdown in greater Melbourne will lift at 11.59pm Thursday night, while restrictions will further ease for regional Victoria. Victoria's Acting Premier James Merlino has announced this morning the five reasons to leave home...

“No current supplies”: Whittlesea residents rely on food relief as lockdown hits home

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Vulnerable residents across the City of Whittlesea are relying on food donations during the current lockdown. The State Government has locked down Melbourne since May 28 after a COVID-19 outbreak, much of which...

Donnybrook’s new sports and outdoor precinct set to open early 2022

Donnybrook’s residential areas have continued to expand and create opportunities for people raising families, with the announcement of the Wallaby Donnybrook Early Learning Centre and a nine-hectare sports and outdoor precinct. More than 600 residents...

Aged care vaccinations and staffing under spotlight after BlueCross and Arcare cases

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk Kilmore District Health offered priority COVID-19 vaccines to aged care and disability workers from private, Commonwealth-managed, facilities as part of a statewide blitz last week. The State Government-led blitz came after two workers...

COVID chaos for local sport as matches abandoned

By Colin MacGillivray RIDDELL District Football Netball League clubs are still waiting to learn whether round eight matches that were called off due to Victoria’s COVID-19 lockdown will be rescheduled or abandoned. League general manager Jordan...

Locksmith challenges gender norms in a male-dominated industry

A locksmith from Kinglake West is changing the trends of the trade and passing on information for those who follow in her footsteps. Natalie Ball gained an interest in locksmithing from a childhood spent in...

Whittlesea teenager beats 1200 to win submarine tour

Whittlesea’s Emilie Cardamone has returned from the experience of a lifetime at Australia’s largest naval base, HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia. After completing her secondary studies at Assumption College Kilmore, Ms Cardamone is now studying...

“It gutted me”: Reconciliation Week in lockdown

By Aleksandra Bliszczyk The day Victoria was plunged into a seven-day COVID-19 circuit-breaker lockdown also marked the first day of Reconciliation Week. The nationwide week of connection for First Nations and non-First Nations people, from May...