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More trees for Riddells Creek

27-06-2022

Approximately 400 new trees will be planted on nature strips in Riddells Creek in the coming months as part of Council’s annual tree-planting program.

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Support for older people

26-06-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is holding a free information session in Gisborne on 5 July for older people, their families and carers about Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Village Connect services.

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Sports funds available

26-06-2022

Grassroots sports and active recreation clubs and organisations across Macedon are being urged to apply for funding to boost their equipment, skills and administration expertise.

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Surge in need for emergency care

26-06-2022

Grampians Ballarat Health said over the weekend of 25 and 25 June, it had again experienced a significant increased need for emergency care and an increased demand to manage and isolate COVID-19 affected patients, and those suspected to have COVID-19 or respiratory illnesses like the flu.

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New hub for Trentham

26-06-2022

The historic Trentham Mechanics Institute is set to be transformed into a new community hub that will help bring locals together for events big and small, thanks to support from the State Government.

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40 years in education

25-06-2022

Teacher Vicki Hughes from Creswick Primary School, has been recognised for 40 years in education.

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Just briefly

24-06-2022

The Doxa Youth Foundation in Malmsbury and PGL Adventure Camps in Tylden will be delivering free camps during 2022 targeting students who wouldn’t normally have the chance to attend a camp. Positive Start in 2022 will help get students back out and about around the state, and support their physical and emotional health and wellbeing.

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For the love of cats…and all animals

24-06-2022

REGIONAL Community Vet Clinic, a Mt Alexander Shire based non-profit organisation, was generously gifted an anonymous donation from cat lovers in the community to host the clinic's first de-sexing day at the end of May.

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Just sayin’…

24-06-2022

I GUESS, being the travel edition and all, I should talk about the joys of hitting the road, but it's not all beer and skittles. Whatever that means.

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Kyle’s Rant

24-06-2022

ON THE road again. This is the first long road trip in years, weighing in at a whopping 4000 kilometre drive with an average 400km under the tyres per day, and things have changed in the 27 years since we last made the trip.

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More safe spaces

23-06-2022

The ChillOut Festival will receive $25,000 to build its capacity and strengthen sustainability.

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Ciao!

23-06-2022

I'm Mara Ripani and I love being with community, talking and discussing all that is important to us. Problem solving and diving deep into conversations about everything and anything, no matter how difficult, no matter how light.

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Local Lines

23-06-2022

Local Lines

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Glen, about the hose

23-06-2022

In keeping with this edition's theme of travel, here's my take on Singapore’s breathtakingly spectacular Gardens by the Bay, a 101-hectare botanical, national icon.

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Bonsai Society celebrations

23-06-2022

Goldfields Bonsai Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an exhibition at the Daylesford Town Hall on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 10am to 4pm.

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Congratulations Fr Jeff and Terry

22-06-2022

On Sunday morning, June 5, (Pentecost Sunday), Father Jeff O’Hare, left, and Terry Langevin were married by the Anglican Bishop of Ontario, the Right Reverend Michael Oulton, in front of Father Jeff’s congregation of Christ Church Belleville.

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Inaugural kettleball at Daylesford

22-06-2022

DAYLESFORD hosted its inaugural Kettlebell Sport competition, attracting competitors from four states, along with dozens of spectators, on June 4.

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Silent films at Radio Springs Hotel

22-06-2022

When silent films first made an appearance, they were almost always accompanied by live music, starting with a pianist at the first movie projections by the Lumière Brothers in Paris in 1895.

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Trentham Hub

22-06-2022

Demolition of sections of the Trentham Mechanics Institute has commenced, as the building is transformed into a $6 million Trentham Community Hub.

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Kids’ backpacks

21-06-2022

Creswick's St Andrew’s Uniting Church women have, for the last 15 years, been providing school backpacks filled with supplies including pencils, textas, scissors and glue, to school children in Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands and Kiribati.

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Storm works funding

21-06-2022

One year on from the devastating storm that impacted Hepburn Shire on June 9, Bushfire Recovery Victoria have announced additional funding to assist with work on community assets and public land.

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Chris to perform Lennox tribute

21-06-2022

Chris Burgess grew up in Naarm, Melbourne and from an early age aspired to be in musicals as his mum took him to every show that came through. He even has a closet full of programs and ticket stubs to prove it.

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Rethink the Rex

21-06-2022

MEMBERS from the Rethink the Rex community group will launch Hepburn Matters, a newly incorporated association designed to advocate for community assets, when they offer a free performance of theatre production A Prudent Man at the Daylesford Town Hall on Wednesday, June 22 from 6pm.

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Your Say/Letters

20-06-2022

I read with great interest, the article published in The Local (Issue 254, May 23, 2022) regarding the significant problems associated with guests staying at short term accommodation sites in the Hepburn Shire.

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Resorts with Narelle Groenhout

20-06-2022

IT’S no secret that Aussies love a resort holiday. Thousands of us flock to tropical destinations like Fiji and Bali for family-friendly, cheap and cheerful holidays. Well, before Covid anyway. But as life and international borders start looking like pre-Covid days we start dreaming and planning our escapes.

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The pub with no wine with Donna Kelly

20-06-2022

IT MAY be a long way to Tipperary but it’s also a long way from Glenlyon to Cairns. About 4000km. You can apparently do it in four days if you really push yourself but what’s the fun in that. Road trips are about taking it easy, taking in the scenery and chatting to locals. Connecting, breathing, dropping back to a slower pace.

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River Life with Kyle Barnes

20-06-2022

ORIGINALLY known as Hopwood’s Ferry, Echuca was founded by one of the most enterprising characters of the early colonial days, an ex-convict named Henry Hopwood. In 1850 he bought a small punt to transport people and goods across the mighty Murray. Hopwood died in 1869 leaving a thriving town where nothing had existed 16 years earlier, when he built his first slab wood inn.

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Horoscopes by Jennifer Atchison

19-06-2022

Horoscopes June 20th to July 4th

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Air travel with Jeff Glorfeld

19-06-2022

AUGUST in the Wombat State Forest means you’ve probably been burning wood in the stove 24/7 for at least three months and are suffering from a lack of sunlight.

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The grey nomad life with Peter Young

19-06-2022

MY wife Sally, aka “my gal Sal” has often reminisced sentimentally about happy childhood holidays on the Murray and at Eildon in her family’s tiny plywood teardrop caravan.

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Travel time

19-06-2022

IT'S been a long two and a half years. And while we are still in a pandemic most of us are vaccinated, know when to pop on a mask and distance, and are ready to either go full speed ahead into the the world, or just take some baby steps.

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School upgrade

18-06-2022

Students in Woodend will soon have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading St Ambrose Primary School.

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Draft strategy up for comment

18-06-2022

Council has released the draft Sustainable Hepburn strategy to the community for feedback. Sustainable Hepburn 2022-26 will be Council’s updated commitment to environmental sustainability and has been developed with the community over the past eight months.

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Recovery continues

16-06-2022

At the one-year mark following the devastating flood and storm event last June, the State Government is continuing to support those in Hepburn Shire, Macedon Ranges Shire and surrounds with practical support to help them build back better and stronger.

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Storm and flood damage boost for tourist sites

17-06-2022

The popular Daylesford Spa Country Railway – damaged in the significant flood and storm event in 2021 – is one of several local tourist assets and community facilities in Hepburn Shire receiving recovery funding from the Victorian and Federal Governments, with clean-up works already underway.

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Council’s Community Satisfaction Survey to move from annual interviews to quarterly

16-06-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will move the Community Satisfaction Survey interviews from being conducted annually to quarterly. This decision is in line with best practice - allowing for any seasonality that may influence results and providing Council with a more accurate reflection of key themes and opportunities for improvement or development.

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One year on from storm

15-06-2022

This week we mark one year since the June 2021 storm, which caused widespread damage across the Macedon Ranges, and other parts of Victoria.

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Battle of the Bands

15-06-2022

Battle of the Bands is back and live in 2022! We are calling on young people aged between 12 and 25 years who think they have what it takes to battle it out on stage with the cream of our local talent and take home some awesome prizes!

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Community assembly feedback

11-06-2022

A Community Assembly formed to guide key decisions in the development of the Macedon Ranges Open Space Strategy has now completed its deliberations and feedback on future priorities.

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Just sayin’…

09-06-2022

SO, DAYLESFORD is in the running for the Big Rainbow. Of just four towns. Daylesford, Hay, Katherine and Broome. I reckon we're a shoo- in.

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Local Lines

09-06-2022

Local Lines

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Glen, About the House

09-06-2022

June is bustin' out all over Well it certainly is - but not in the joyous manner Rodgers & Hammerstein envisaged when they created Carousel way back in 1945.

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Amy turns 103 and celebrates a great life

09-06-2022

ATHLETICS legend Amy Burow AM celebrated her 103rd birthday on Monday, May 30.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

08-06-2022

Recipes with Jen Clarke

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Markets

Markets

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Gig Guide

08-06-2022

Gig Guide

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Mushroom magic

08-06-2022

CURRY Punk and Jelly Brain. Sound like punk rockers? They’re mushrooms.

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Clunes Writers’ Group launches anthology

07-06-2022

CLUNES Writers’ Group has published Unmasked: An Anthology. Convenor Patsy Skinner said the book was started two years ago, with the idea that masks and restrictions would be a thing of the past within a year.

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New providers

07-06-2022

People requiring aged and disability support in Hepburn Shire will receive home care from one of two providers from July 1, Benetas or mecwacare.

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Philip’s time to shine

07-06-2022

“IT'S not about the time on earth – it’s what you do with that time.” That’s the affirmation 77-year-old Clunes local Philip Oyston lives by and each day this ‘oldest roadie in Melbourne’ lends his heart and time to those around him.

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Multiple portfolios for Catherine King

06-06-2022

BALLARAT Federal MP Catherine King has been sworn in as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government.

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Hospital redevelopment

06-06-2022

STATE Health Minister Martin Foley visited Daylesford Hospital last week to announce the $4.548 million upgrade of its operating theatres will start late this year.

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Creswick residents remain out of homes

06-06-2022

FEAR and dissatisfaction continue to affect Creswick residents five months after the January 6 storm.

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Pop-up artwork

06-06-2022

FOLLOWING a successful exhibition on the Australia Day long weekend, the Daylesford Art Collective is planning a new pop-up exhibition for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend from June 11 to 13.

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The Last Word – Gun control, or not

05-06-2022

THE New York Times recently published a graph illustrating the number of “mass shootings”, defined as “public shootings in which four or more people were killed”, in “developed countries”, from 1998 to 2019.

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Horoscopes – June 6th

05-06-2022

Horoscopes - June 6th

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Mineral springs feedback

05-06-2022

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is seeking community input into how people use and value Victoria’s mineral springs.

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Cheers to beers

05-06-2022

Hepburn Springs Brewing Co has taken home two awards from the 2022 Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards.

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Zombies to pooches

05-06-2022

Over the next few editions we are taking a look back at some of our favourite photos. Back in October 2013, the latest Halloween trend was zombies. So, in the manner of all things scary, The Local caught up with Jason Beks, who ran a zombie hire outfit, using Daylesford and Hepburn residents in its crew.

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Big Rainbow for Daylesford?

05-06-2022

Daylesford is one of four finalists for Tinder’s Big Rainbow, the first BIG landmark celebrating regional LGBTQIA+ Pride and inclusion.

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Delivering stronger health services in Daylesford

11-06-2022

The State Government is delivering the best healthcare for communities in the Central Highlands with plans progressing for a $4.5 million upgrade of Daylesford Hospital’s operating theatres.

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Students Strive for success

03-06-2022

More high-ability students at every government school in Macedon will have support to excel at school and reach their full potential, with more funding for the State Government’s Student Excellence Program.

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Community input on mineral springs

31-05-2022

The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) is seeking community input into how people use and value Victoria’s mineral springs.

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New sports precinct under way

30-05-2022

A new sports precinct in New Gisborne is set to give regional athletes the ultimate home advantage.

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Brew hub

28-05-2022

Ballarat is positioning itself as a must-visit craft and small batch drink destination with a new hub for distilling and brewing.

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Heritage motoring on display at Trentham

27-05-2022

Heritage motoring on display at Trentham

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Just sayin’…

27-05-2022

IT'S a funny thing getting older. Just the other day I was joking with Kyle that he used to be ripped and now he's more just Van Winkled, or Van Wrinkled. Actually he's in great shape, thanks to interval fasting and refusing to have a drink until 6pm. I am more of a "must be 5pm somewhere in the world" kind of a woman.

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Kyle’s Rant

26-05-2022

BY THE narrowest of margins the better of two weevils have won the race, we have chosen one white balding 50-something-year-old chump over another.

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Wombat Hill lecture

26-05-2022

THE Taylor and Sangster Lecture will be held by the Friends of Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Daylesford at Stanbridge Hall, Daylesford on Friday, June 17 at 7.30pm.

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Blessed with a fabulous job called ‘art’

25-05-2022

TRENTHAM artist Helen Cottle grew up in the western suburbs of Melbourne and began drawing from a very early age. Even though she was obsessed with art she was also an animal lover and intended to become a vet, not an artist. During her later high school years her art teachers strongly convinced Helen to continue her passion for art and she took their advice and studied art. The venture lasted all of three days before she realised it was not for her. She said in those days it was more about commercial art, graphic design or teaching and not fine art which she believed was her direction. Helen left art school and pursued her passion in "my own way", self-educating by absorbing all the information she could through visiting art galleries, exhibitions and art books. She chatted with Donna Kelly.

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Weddings, parties… Just less noise please

25-05-2022

RESIDENTS in the small township of Lyonville are fed up with the unruly behaviour of guests staying in nearby accommodation sites. Unregulated all night loud music, trespassing and a blatant disregard for locals and their property are among the numerous complaints being made.

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Not so much a Victorian gold rush, a job rush

24-05-2022

THE great Central Victorian gold rush brought thousands of people to the region. Today most people imagine men humping swags and tools ready to scratch away at the earth in a fevered hope of finding something to secure their fortune.

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Viva! A precious slice of Italy is born again

24-05-2022

THE year 1859 was amazing. Among inventions patented that year were the paper bag, electric range, lifts and rechargeable batteries. A Tale of Two Cities was published by Charles Dickens, as was Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Big Ben began ticking in London and the French acrobat Blondin crossed Niagara Falls.

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Celebrating Daylesford Hospital

30-05-2022

Daylesford Hospital was officially opened on 22 May 1862 so this May, it is celebrating 160 years of serving the people of Daylesford and the surrounding districts.

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Pandemic far from over, according to Nancy

23-05-2022

PROFESSOR Nancy Baxter is The University of Melbourne's Head of the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. A clinical epidemiologist, general surgeon and health services researcher, she has been in the forefront of the fight against Covid. She chatted with Donna Kelly about the pandemic.

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Howzat!

23-05-2022

Over the next few editions we are taking a look back at some of our favourite photos. And here's Ian Tinetti like you have never seen him before.

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Spa Quilters on show

22-05-2022

THE Spa Quilters hold an biannual show to showcase the work of its members and raise funds to make charity quilts.

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Skeeta’s new home

22-05-2022

SKEETA, the lovely 11-year-old foxy cross featured recently in The Local, has found her new forever home with Pam from Traralgon.

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And the winner is…

22-05-2022

Catherine King has won the seat of Ballarat. The seat has 110,704 eligible voters and saw a turnout of 72.56 per cent with informal votes accounting for 5.07 per cent.

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Horoscopes May 23rd to June 6th

22-05-2022

The planets are all making some big moves in this fortnight window. We see driven and determined Mars moving into its home sign of Aries on May 25th giving extra oomph and energy to the Aries part of your chart. Harmonious Venus also moves into a place of rulership in the sign of Taurus on the 29th and the Sun shifts into the sign of Gemini on May 22nd signalling birthday time for our Gemini friends!

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Mt Macedon finalist as Top Tourism Town

21-05-2022

The village of Mount Macedon has been announced a finalist in the prestigious 2022 Victorian Top Tourism Town Awards and needs your vote to win the crown!

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WAGS winter art show at Woodend

19-05-2022

Annually WAGs members hold their winter art show over the Queen's Birthday Weekend.

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Last days for storm funding

19-05-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire residents affected by the June 2021 storms have until 31 May 2022 to lodge a claim for Disaster Recovery Allowance, and/or an Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP).

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Funding for kids with a disability

19-05-2022

The state government is boosting funding for Victorian schools to support kids with disability, to ensure they have the tools they need to learn and thrive in the classroom and in life.

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Draft budget released by Hepburn Shire Council

16-05-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has released its $58.06M draft budget for 2022/2023, which has a total revenue increase of $15.24M or 37 percent on the current budget due to a considerable injection of State and Federal capital grants and stimulus project funding, along with reimbursement of the high costs related to storm recovery.

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Kyle’s Rant

14-05-2022

THE world is buggered. Interest rates are spiking, the cost of living is up and we are all going to die. Or so the media would have you believe.

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Angela loving her life at Hepburn House

14-05-2022

ANGELA Rigby is a great advocate for Hepburn House – but her move in March last year was far from planned.

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Tour for women’s contribution to motoring

14-05-2022

THE annual RACV Florence Thomson Tour was held on Saturday, April 30 with the main drive from Bendigo to Maldon, then on to Castlemaine for lunch, then back to Bendigo via Elphinstone and Harcourt.

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Disability submissions

14-05-2022

THE Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of persons with a disability (DRC) is running until December 2022.

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IDAHOBIT events

13-05-2022

A NUMBER of events are being held across the Macedon Ranges to mark International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) this week week.

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Your Say – Letters

13-05-2022

Rex consultation too quick: Hepburn Shire Council officers were directed by councillors to design The Rex community consultation in November 2021.

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Your Say – Letters

13-05-2022

Let's talk about the real fire risk in the Wombat State Forest. More than 13,000 hectares of the Wombat State Forest is regrowth from the overlogging of the forest up to 2006.

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Your Say – Letters

12-05-2022

I have worked in the natural resource management sector for 20 years, including as an environmental officer/lead consultant on major projects such as gas pipelines and wind farms.

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Looking back

12-05-2022

Over the next few editions we are taking a look back at some of our favourite photos. Reproducing Abbey Road are, from left, Lyndall Jenkin, Rodney Peacock, Tony Raftes and Alex Pearce. First published November 24, 2014.

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Arts input

12-05-2022

Hepburn Shire Council is calling for community input as it develops its first Arts and Culture Strategy.

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Health boost

12-05-2022

Woodend-based health promotion charity Live4Life has secured a $871,163 federal government grant to expand its youth mental health and suicide prevention program interstate.

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EV stations

11-05-2022

Hepburn Shire will soon have three more electric vehicle charging stations thanks to a collaboration between Hepburn Energy (formally Hepburn Wind), Hepburn Shire Council and Chargefox.

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Consultation on The Rex sale ‘not a backflip’

11-05-2022

HEPBURN Shire Council says it has not done a backflip on the sale of The Rex building in Vincent Street, Daylesford, despite now saying it will decide whether to proceed with the sale of the building, or not, at its June or July meeting.

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The Odd Couple

11-05-2022

THE Mount Players' second production for our 2022 season, The Odd Couple, is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

11-05-2022

Mushroom Bourguignon

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HSC DRAFT BUDGET

10-05-2022

Council will consider the 2022/2023 Draft Budget at its Special Meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 10 May. The meeting will be livestreamed via our Facebook page. Once the draft budget is released it will be available for public review.

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PROPOSED SALE OF THE REX

10-05-2022

Have you had your say on the proposed sale of The Rex building in Daylesford? Complete an individual or community group survey about the intended sale of the building. Given the Hepburn Hub (library, staff offices, etc) at The Rex is not proceeding we want to know whether you support the decision to sell The Rex.

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Community News from HSC

09-05-2022

I was honoured to speak at the opening of Clunes Booktown Festival last weekend. I stayed on for most of Saturday to enjoy the fabulous program of author-led talks, indulge a little in the local food and entertainment and wander the many book seller stalls in and around the historic main street of Clunes.

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Glen about the house

09-05-2022

There are many garden plants, especially vegetables and fruits, with either an interesting history concerning how they came to be grown in our own backyards or, more importantly, how they found their way into our kitchens.

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Just sayin’…
By Donna Kelly

09-05-2022

GREAT news that the Daylesford Field & Game Club can return to its home at Glenlyon Reserve.

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Easter musings from St Andrews Creswick

09-05-2022

St Andrews Uniting Church Creswick celebrated meaningful and thought-provoking worship services during Holy Week and Easter Day. Reverend Rosemary Carter led these services with input and planning from some congregation members.

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Horoscopes with Jennifer Hart May 9 – May 23

08-05-2022

The dreamy month of April has come to a close and we find ourselves moving into a more action-oriented time. With expansive Jupiter and energizing Mars moving into the pro-active sign of Aries this month, there are topics in your life that might get a boost, or you have the ability to level up in some way. Fair Venus has moved into fast-paced Aries as well, we all need to mind our impulse spending for the next few weeks. Mischievous Mercury turns retrograde from May 10th, a phenomenon that gives the illusion that this planet is moving backwards across the sky. In fact, it’s due to our point of view from Earth and the orbital cycle of Mercury that bring about this effect three to four times a year. It’s a time to reassess, reconnect, reunite, or revisit certain areas of our lives. It is commonly known for causing technology glitches, miscommunications, and misunderstandings but I find it great for wrapping up any projects that have been languishing on my desk. The second Eclipse (they always happen in pairs) takes place on May 17th and can be a continuation of the stories that have been kicking around since last month. Read on to see how you might harness the power of the planets. If you know your rising sign, start there first.

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Easter musings from St Andrews Creswick

08-05-2022

Easter musings from St Andrews Creswick

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Shooting at Glenlyon

08-05-2022

THE Daylesford Field & Game Club can finally return to its home at the Glenlyon Reserve after three years now a final report has found the risk of soil contamination is "low and acceptable".

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Donations for Ukraine

08-05-2022

CHRIST Church Anglican Daylesford has launched an appeal to raise money to help those affected by the war in Ukraine.

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Helping our pets

07-05-2022

The state government is delivering $11.5 million from the Victorian Budget 2022/23 for a new purpose-built animal shelter in Ballarat.

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News Update Better health care

07-05-2022

Ballarat and Grampians patients will have better treatment closer to home for cancer therapy, surgery and mental health as part of the major expansion of health care announced in the Victorian Budget 2022/23.

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New music event

07-05-2022

A new live music event known as ‘The Gig’ will take place in Woodend on Saturday 21 May.

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Say on youth in Hepburn Shire

06-05-2022

If you want to have a say on the development and coordination of services, programs, activities, for people aged 12- 25 years, take a look at Hepburn Shire Council’s Youth Development Strategy – known as THE ACE.

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Choosing healthy pets

05-05-2022

The state government is encouraging prospective pet owners to make informed decisions when looking for a furry friend to help combat scammers and dodgy breeders.

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Lighting the hall for Ukraine

04-05-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will be lighting up Kyneton Town Hall in the Ukrainian colours every evening from Friday 6 May until Thursday 12 May as a sign of solidarity and support for the people of Ukraine.

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Making tracks: the timeless history of our trees

04-05-2022

WHO would guess that to some people big storms and bushfires are almost welcome? The measured pleasure they get is because these disasters may laying bare secrets tucked away in the bush, such as century old timber-getting tramways in the Wombat state forest.

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Capital works and recovery

03-05-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Draft Council Plan outlines key priorities and supports the achievement of the Community Vision. It is reviewed annually and the Year Two draft highlights specific actions Council will undertake in 2022/23. It links to the draft budget for 2022/23, which aims to provide a high level of works and services to the community, while keeping rates as low as possible.

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Funding boost announced for youth mental health program

03-05-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is delighted with the announcement by the Federal Coalition Government to fund $871,163 towards the award-winning mental health program Youth Live4Life as part of their National Suicide Prevention and Leadership Support grant programme.

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Putting small scale producers on the map

02-05-2022

The State Government is helping to put Victoria’s innovative small-scale and craft producers on the foodie map and showcasing the exceptional food and drink they have to offer.

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ADAHOBIT Day celebrations

01-05-2022

Ballarat is set to mark IDAHOBIT Day (May 17th) with a very special Outdoor Cinema event at the Ballarat Showgrounds – Drive-In Pride.

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A Little Puppet set to charm the Macedon Ranges

29-04-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council Arts & Culture team have a creative event throughout the month of May aimed at getting people out in the fresh air and appreciating art and performance.

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Just sayin’… with Donna Kelly

29-04-2022

IT WAS really interesting having a chat with Cecilia Macaulay last week - check out her story on page 7. If not for Covid, she would be heading to Japan pretty soon where she spends our winters every year.

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The last word – a crash course in road rules

29-04-2022

A popular poet once wrote:

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Backflip on The Rex?

27-04-2022

Hepburn Shire Council appears to have done a backflip on the sale of The Rex building in Vincent Street.

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Country footy

27-04-2022

There was plenty of action at the Laurie Sullivan Oval at Hepburn on Saturday, April 23, as Hepburn and Daylesford vied for the Bill Malone Cup.

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Ian Stanley Golf Classic

27-04-2022

THIS Friday, April 29, keen golfers from across the region will descend on the Hepburn Springs Golf Club to raise funds for Cafs (Child and Family Services, Ballarat) and to remember the late Ian Stanley, who was a great supporter of the Hepburn Springs Golf Club, in the annual Tee Up for Kids Foundation Ian Stanley Classic.

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Kyle’s Rant

27-04-2022

I DO love this country but my God we pay a lot of tax.

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Local Lines

27-04-2022

Local Lines

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Just briefly

27-04-2022

Organisations in Hepburn Shire have shared $23,000 under the latest round of the council’s Community Grants Program.

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Markets

26-04-2022

You can find everything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds. Here are just a few.

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Gig Guide with Darren Lowe

26-04-2022

Off the back of the 17-year anniversary reissue of her ARIA award-winning 2005 album Parking Lots, Australian icon Mia Dyson was penned to perform a run of Australian dates this November.

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The ARC and 13 years of community volleyball

26-04-2022

YES, some people say 13 is a unlucky number but to the students and adults of Daylesford who have learnt new skills, teamwork, leadership and personal development, got a little bit fit, made some new friends and most of all are having great fun, 13 is just a number.

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All things potatoes and more at Spudfest

26-04-2022

AS AUTUMN stretches out, Trentham spud farmers are starting to pull their potatoes out of the ground – just in time for The Great Trentham Spudfest on Saturday, May 7.

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Rainbow events

25-04-2022

Businesses and staff are invited to a workshop that aims to help create safe, welcoming and inclusive places for all.

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Cecilia living her best life in Daylesford

25-04-2022

THE Central Highlands are familiar territory for Cecilia Macaulay. Her grandfather lived and farmed in East Trentham and her sister is in Kyneton.

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The local who killed off Neighbours’ Madge

25-04-2022

FOR many of us who grew up watching iconic Australian television series Neighbours, news of its axing after nearly 38 years on our small screens is unthinkable.

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Battle brewing in forest

25-04-2022

A NEW forest battle is brewing, not even a year after the state government announced three new national parks, including linking the Wombat and Lerderderg state forests to create a new park of 44,000 hectares between Daylesford and Bacchus Marsh.

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Biggest Morning Tea

24-04-2022

On Monday, May 9, head to the Daylesford Bowling Club for a Biggest Morning Tea event from 10.30am.

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Pick me, pick me

24-04-2022

Skeeta is an energetic 11-year-old foxy-cross who needs a new forever home.

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Horoscopes

24-04-2022

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New entries for Ballarat Base Hospital

22-04-2022

In addition to building state-of-the-art theatres, a women and children’s hub and a new emergency department, the state government will boost accessibility and safety at the Ballarat Base Hospital by creating two new entrances separating emergency vehicles and the public.

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Community access hub opens

20-04-2022

Residents in the Macedon Ranges and surrounding communities now have better access to a range of vital health, family and community services under one roof, after the opening of the Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health Hub in Kyneton.

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Join a choir

20-04-2022

Have you always wanted to experience the thrill and connection of singing in a choir? If so, now is your chance!

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New youth spaces in Macedon Ranges

20-04-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is excited to announce the re-launch of its Youth Engage Program (YEP!) with two new Youth Spaces opening up in Woodend and Newham later this month.

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Fun autumn challenge with Parks Victoria

19-04-2022

As the seasons change and autumn brings fresh air and an explosion of warm colour to the Victorian landscape, now is the perfect time to get outdoors and discover new experiences across the state.

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Puppy Pride

19-04-2022

The inaugural Macedon Ranges Puppy Pride In The Park was a great success.

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Hepburn Burras Football

19-04-2022

At last country football and netball was back at The Laurie Sullivan Reserve with confidence that we’re in for a full season. No wind, overcast and 20 degrees was perfect for sport as The Hepburn Burras played host to Ballan.

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Free buses and extra public transport on Anzac Day

18-04-2022

A fleet of free buses will transport more than 2500 people to and from the Shrine of Remembrance for this year’s Anzac Day Dawn Service.

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Uked! coming to Creswick

17-04-2022

AFTER two sell-out seasons in Guildford and Newham in 2019, Jane Cafarella’s hit show Uked! - the first play-along ukulele musical is coming to the Creswick Courthouse Theatre in June.

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Kyle’s Rant

17-04-2022

Estimated travel time: New Zealand to Melbourne - 23 hours. It’s not a flight you would choose. But sometimes they choose you. And you know what? Travel just isn’t fun anymore. A cautionary tale follows.

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Local Lines

16-04-2022

Local Lines

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Glen, about the house

16-04-2022

Glen, about the house

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Male mentors needed

16-04-2022

Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health is running a six-week program which aims to explore the important role mentors play in guiding young people as they move towards adulthood.

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Strategy for kids

16-04-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has developed a draft Early and Middle Years Strategy 2022-2030 which aims to plan and prepare for family growth and the development needs of early years and middle years children.

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Free RATs

15-04-2022

Free rapid antigen tests (RATs) are being given to eligible people with disability.

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AusNet pause

15-04-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has welcomed the announcement by AusNet that it intends to invest more time in carrying out consultation with landholders and the community on the proposed route for overhead transmission lines and terminal station proposed as part of the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.

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Ageing DisGracefully

15-04-2022

HEPBURN House is taking orders for its 2023 calendar, with the theme of Ageing DisGracefully!

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Turn on, tune in, drop out with Jeff Glorfeld

15-04-2022

THERE'S a joke told on baby boomers that goes: “If you remember the 1960s, you weren’t there.” The funniest part about that old witticism is that no one remembers for certain who said it first.

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Markets

14-04-2022

You can find anything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds.

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Lest We Forget

14-04-2022

Anzac Day services for April 25

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Recipes with Jen Clarke

14-04-2022

Recipes with Jen Clarke

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Gig Guide

14-04-2022

Gig guide

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Music and movies

14-04-2022

SMALL Space Music and the Radio Springs Hotel are pairing live improvised music scores with classic movies for the Magic Lantern Sessions.

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The future is now, local tells uni students

13-04-2022

STAYING home during the pandemic has meant a quiet revolution. For Daylesford’s Craig Mutton it changed a lot, including his job.

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From convict to land holder

13-04-2022

ON THE river flats along Creswick Creek in the area known today as the township of Clunes, European settlement emerged to take advantage of the land for the growing of livestock.

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Lauriston Hall

13-04-2022

Ninety-year-old Lauriston Hall has been upgraded into a more accessible space to be better equipped to host more events - thanks to the state government and Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

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5000 Club back

13-04-2022

After several years of necessary closure, the 5000 Club has decided to re-open operations. President Loretta Little said the first day back would be a celebration on Friday, April 29 at noon at the Victoria Park Pavilion.

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Night of the Proms

12-04-2022

Night of the Proms will be held at the Daylesford Town Hall on Saturday, April 30 and is a fundraiser for the Daylesford Community Brass Band, sponsored by Community Bank Daylesford District and U3A Hepburn Shire.

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No more dropping in on planning department

12-04-2022

HEPBURN Shire Council is actively looking for new planners, CEO Bradley Thomas says. The statement comes after a number of people contacted The Local to say the planning department was either understaffed or had no staff remaining after a number of resignations.

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Good Friday Appeal: Cash, card, online, cheque

12-04-2022

IT’S that time of year – Easter and the Good Friday Appeal for the Royal Children’s Hospital.

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Easter services

12-04-2022

Easter services

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Just sayin’…

17-04-2022

I WON'T say every Easter because that would be a lie. But when I talk to people like Natalie Kirby, I think about my stint in the Royal Children's Hospital. If you don't know the connection with Easter and the hospital and Nat, head back to page 11.

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Don’t sell The Rex – group’s call to council

11-04-2022

A PUBLIC meeting held by organisation Rethink The Rex, has resulted in a call for Hepburn Shire Council to “rescind the motion to sell The Rex and release the Crowe Haworth auditor’s report”.

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Bullarto Tractor Pull great success at Trentham

11-04-2022

THE Bullarto Public Hall Committee reports that the 2022 Tractor Pull and Classic Car Show at Trentham was a great success, with over 700 people attending.

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Vicki on Team Vaccination at the Top End

11-04-2022

MOST people take long service leave to get away from work. Not so Vicki Sundblom.

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If I can, you can, so Karen and Hayden did

11-04-2022

FORMER Kyneton Football Netball Club president Karen O’Sullivan and club legend Hayden Walsh have joined forces to publish If I can, you can.

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Storm help

08-04-2022

On 5 January, a severe localised weather event affected the Ballarat and Creswick areas, with hail and heavy rainfall of up to 170mm, resulting in flooding, building damage, fallen trees and crop damage and losses.

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Duck talk

08-04-2022

Kirsten Diprose lives and farms near Caramut in the state’s south west. She’s the co-collaborator of ‘Ducks on a Pond’, a podcast series connecting and sharing stories and advice among rural women on the land. 

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Upgrade for Lauriston Hall

07-04-2022

The 90-year-old Lauristone Hall in Lauriston has been transformed from a much-loved community hub into a more accessible space to be better equipped to host more events.

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Quail callers suspended for the 2022 Stubble Quail season

06-04-2022

The Game Management Authority has today announced the use of electronic quail callers will be prohibited during the 2022 Stubble Quail hunting season.

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Regional recovery

06-04-2022

Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas has visited the Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative (BADAC) to announce a $2.6 million grant, one of many projects funded through the Regional Infrastructure Fund – Round 2.

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Help for business

05-04-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is again encouraging local businesses affected by COVID-19 to apply for vouchers of up to $1000.

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Motorsports boost

04-04-2022

Minister for Community Sport Ros Spence has announced the 78 projects that will share in more than $1.6 million through the latest round of the state government's Community Motorsport Program.

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CresFest 2022

04-04-2022

Cold Central Victoria-type weather seemed to sync with the end of daylight saving, perfectly setting the scene for a new, sprawling and cosy music festival - Creswick's CresFest.

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Help for small business in Macedon Ranges

03-04-2022

Following an overwhelming response to the Business Continuity and Recovery Program in 2021, Macedon Ranges Shire Council is again encouraging local businesses affected by COVID-19 to apply for vouchers of up to $1,000.

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RUNNERS RETURN TO STRIKE IT RICH ON THE GOLDFIELDS

03-04-2022

Hundreds of running prospectors are expected to strike single track gold in Victoria’s Daylesford-Hepburn Springs spa country with return of the Goldrush Trail Runs on Sunday 10 April.

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Ageing DisGracefully

03-04-2022

IF YOU missed out on last year's Hepburn House movie-inspired calendar, don't fret, the residents are already working on 2023 - and the theme is Ageing DisGracefully!

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Blackwood Woodchop & Easter Carnival

02-04-2022

THE Blackwood Woodchop & Easter Carnival will be held on Saturday, April 16.

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Open for (men’s) business

02-04-2022

TRENTHAM'S Cool Country Men’s Shed was officially opened after a two year delay thanks to Covid restrictions. The shed, at 55 Mulcahys Road, opened on March 19.

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Kyle’s Rant

01-04-2022

THE Local started on September 2, 2013, due to a combination of happenstance, and has been driven forward into the present with tenacity from the crew, the reckless and rambunctious business acumen and photography skill of yours truly as well as the skill of the editor, keeping a steady hand on the tiller.

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Just sayin’…

02-04-2022

IT'S not always easy being green or a journalist. (Nod to Kermit there.) Now and again we get asked to investigate something or someone. Generally we don't because we don't have the money or time for lengthy investigations, or it's just a grudge match and we don't want to get involved in the argy-bargy.

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Win for Daylesford Cider

01-04-2022

DAYLESFORD Cider Company has won Australia Award's 2021 Regional Development Victoria Business Achievement Award.

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Local Lines

01-04-2022

Local Lines

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Glen, About the House

01-04-2022

If you are fortunate enough to share in this year’s crop of berries, or have managed to bulk buy at the right price, make the most of them by freezing the surplus fruits and enjoy the results for the rest of the year.

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Bigger Little Gallery

01-04-2022

TRENTHAM'S Little Gallery is celebrating its first anniversary as the bigger Little Gallery in its spacious, light-filled new premises by showcasing two new guest artists.

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Woodend happenings

31-03-2022

Locals and visitors are invited to attend three community events hosted by the Woodend Neighbourhood House this weekend.

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Small halls

30-03-2022

Award-winning indie folk darlings Charm of Finches and prolific singer-songwriter Jack Carty have hit the road for the Festival of Small Halls Autumn Tour 2022.

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Bowls win

30-03-2022

The Daylesford Bowling Club Division 1 Tuesday Pennant team has won the Ballarat Highlands Bowls Region Grand Final.

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Romeo and Juliet

30-03-2022

OZACT is presenting Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, at Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve next month.

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A bank with a heart

30-03-2022

In the 10 years since the Community Bank Daylesford District opened its doors on Vincent Street, it has contributed more than $500,000 in community funding.

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Probus Club

29-03-2022

The Probus Club of Daylesford held its AGM on March 21 with an election of office bearers and committee members.

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‘Mortar-fied’: no council cash for old gun

29-03-2022

WORLD War I lasted four years. Paul Dwyer has spent that much time trying unsuccessfully to restore an historic weapon from that conflict that is rusting away in Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens.

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Puppy Pride

29-03-2022

Is your dog a puppy prodigy? Do you swell with pride at the tricks your dog can do? Or perhaps your pooch has a unique feature to share.

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Rethink The Rex

29-03-2022

A public meeting to Rethink The Rex will be held at the Daylesford Town Hall on Tuesday, April 5 from 6pm.

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Operation Cookies

28-03-2022

MANY of us have watched in horror and disbelief as Russia has rolled over Ukraine, killing soldiers and civilians, and wondered what we can do to help.

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Daylesford…not just a place but a community

28-03-2022

Sarah Flemming 31, and Marlie Regis 30, met in England six years ago.They left their IT and marketing careers to see the world and have been in Australia for four years and are now influencers and bloggers, highlighting the sights and people they come across on their journey. Their recent return to Daylesford, a community that supported them during lockdown, homeless and alone, has seen them spread the joy of ChillOut with their Instagram, Facebook posts and videos - so far reaching more than 200,000 keen followers. This is their story.

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Hepburn Shire pulls pin on aged services

21-03-2022

Hepburn Shire Council will stop delivering aged care and disability services to more than 300 residents.

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Farewell to Anne, ‘the ground’s
not the same’

28-03-2022

FOR Anne E Stewart, brilliant storyteller, one long narrative is about to end and another to start.

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Open space future

27-03-2022

Now is your chance to get involved in shaping the future of open spaces in the Macedon Ranges Shire. Council is calling for expressions of interest to participate in a Community Assembly to guide key decisions about the future of our parks, playgrounds, sporting facilities and conservation areas.

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Public meeting to Rethink The Rex

27-03-2022

The sudden decision by Council in November 2021 to sell the Rex, against the recommendation of council officers, prompted the formation of the ‘Rethink the Rex’ community group aimed at halting the sale pending a proper community consultation.

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LGBTIQA+ committee announced

24-03-2022

After a busy weekend, with thousands of people gathering to celebrate queer country pride at the 25th annual ChillOut Festival, Hepburn Shire Council has appointed six members to its inaugural LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee, selected from a recent public call out for expressions of interest.

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Money for regional events

24-03-2022

The state government is backing rural and regional Victorian makers, artists, entertainers and producers with new funding to revitalise the community events calendar.

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Fire danger period over for Macedon Ranges

23-03-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council has been advised by the Country Fire Authority that the Fire Danger Period for the shire will end at 1am on Monday 21 March.

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Blooming good news for Daylesford

21-03-2022

Daylesford locals and visitors will soon have another reason to visit the iconic Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, with new upgrades well underway thanks to an investment from the state government.

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CresFest: The story of the festival unfolds

28-03-2022

AN INITIATIVE that’s sure to surprise attendees at the inaugural CresFest from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3 is an A2 folded map with the full program on one side and on the other a list of venues and other important information.

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Just sayin’…

18-03-2022

I WASN'T going to write this, because it's all a bit too close, but Mum loved being in this column, even when she jokingly told me she was going to sue for some mostly imagined slander, so here goes.

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Your Say

18-03-2022

YESTERDAY I put down my gardening tools and picked up my talking drum. Catching the bus with close neighbours and fellow community to the steps of Parliament House.

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The Last Word – Fire on the mountain

18-03-2022

Here’s a world-class whinge: many Central Highlands residents know what it’s like to evacuate their houses because of an oncoming bushfire, but, you know, it sure is a hassle having to unpack all your stuff when the authorities sound the all-clear and you’re allowed to return home.

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Kyle’s Rant

17-03-2022

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide, foreign debts, homeless vets, AIDS, crack, Bernie Goetz, hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law, rock and roller, cola wars, I can't take it anymore.

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Full of energy

15-03-2022

Hepburn Energy’s Impact Fund has provided $10,287 to help six Hepburn Shire schools save energy and emissions with demand management and education.

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Celebrating 150 years of education

15-03-2022

This year, 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of the Victoria’s world-class public education system. Victoria was the first state in Australia – and one of the first in the world – to make education free, secular and compulsory to all children aged 6-15. Around 600 schools opened across the state in the five years following the passing of the Education Act.

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Pete Risstrom: Ambo, greenskeeper

14-03-2022

PETE Risstrom is one of those Daylesford locals who make up the essential character of the town. His story, like many of those who have moved to the region over the years, is a circuitous route.

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Creating a musical festival – CresFest

14-03-2022

HOW many people have thought to themselves: “I’ve got a great idea”, “I can do that”, “how hard can it be?”

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Rallies to Stop AusNet

14-03-2022

TRACTORS rumbled through Melbourne last Tuesday, March 8, as hundreds gathered to protest at Parliament House against 85-metre high towers planned to cross valuable farmland and destroy pristine vistas in Hepburn Shire and beyond.

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Principal inducted onto shire honour roll

14-03-2022

INSPIRATIONAL Bullarto Primary School principal Joanne Pegg has been inducted onto Hepburn Shire’s Heather Mutimer Honour Roll.

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Our Time To Shine

13-03-2022

ChillOut was back with a bang with the Sunday Street Parade.

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Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival

12-03-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is committed to fostering respect, understanding and trust between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all Macedon Ranges communities.

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Celebrating our schools

12-03-2022

While the state government is getting on with building the schools of the future, 2022 marks a massive milestone – the 150th anniversary of the Victoria’s world-class public education system.

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Funding for creatives

11-03-2022

Three creative organisations based in the Ballarat and Corio electorates will share in $558,000 under the seventh batch of grants from the federal government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, which has created more than 200,000 jobs across Australia since 2020.

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Schools saving energy and emissions

10-03-2022

Hepburn Energy’s Impact Fund has provided $10,287 to help six Hepburn Shire schools save energy and emissions with demand management and education.

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Just Molly and me – by Sandy Breen

06-03-2022

IN THE lead-up to ChillOut, less than two weeks away, Daylesford local Sandy Breen reminisces about her lifelong friendship with music guru and 2022 ChillOut Ambassador, Ian (Molly) Meldrum.

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CresFest – the story unfolds

05-03-2022

LIKE an intricate tapestry, the threads that weave together the story of CresFest start to reveal a cohesive picture that celebrates what started out as the initiative of a few to a collaboration of many.

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Lyonville Hall – the township’s heartbeat

05-03-2022

WHEN Lyonville’s Anne Bremner was approached to be featured in a story given her devotion to the local area, her commitment to the preservation of the original mill town and its history, she agreed on the proviso the little country hall was part of the story.

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Regional sales supercharged by Covid

04-03-2022

REIV president Adam Docking says Covid-19 has just “supercharged” the move for many to the regions. “Over the past few years (pre-Covid) we were seeing more of a focus on people moving to the regions because of the internet, infrastructure and technology, and realising they don’t have to work in a concrete jungle.

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All things botanical

04-03-2022

JOHN Beetham is a pretty laid-back bloke but don’t get between him and a rare tree, or a garden in need of a design hand.

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New show for Daylesford

02-03-2022

DAYLESFORD and District Agricultural Society president Don Harvey, pictured, says the last two years of Covid cancellations have hit "terribly hard".

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Heading into autumn – Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens

02-03-2022

MANY people feel that autumn is the best month for mild, golden days and for beautiful gardens. While it might not have the glorious variety of spring planting, the soft luxuriance and vivid colour that we enjoy up here make autumn a very special time, especially on Wombat Hill.

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Curtain goes down at Trentham

02-03-2022

THE historic curtain at the Trentham Mechanics Hall has been taken down for refurbishment.

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Just sayin’…

01-03-2022

WOW. I just watched the National Press Club piece with Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame. They were both fantastic but Grace Tame is amazingly fierce.

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Kyle’s Rant

01-03-2022

I DON’T get a lot of feedback on my columns, I am sure they generally get ignored as the paper makes its way to the woodbox, however my last column ruffled a few feathers. Well actually, just one feather.

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Group urges Hepburn Council to Rethink The Rex

28-02-2022

A GROUP of "concerned citizens" has formed to try to stop the sale of The Rex. Hepburn Shire Council voted in November for the sale, which would mean a loss of up to $6 million in works already done on the former theatre in Vincent Street, Daylesford.

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Your Say – Wobbly Woodend Warblers

28-02-2022

WHAT? Me? Sing? When my daughter, newly arrived in Woodend with her family this year, suggested I join her to give Woodend Warblers a try, all I could think of were obstacles.

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Subbing The Local

28-02-2022

SINCE its inception, Lindsay Smith and Nick Bunning have been sub-editing The Local.

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No matter where you go, there you are

28-02-2022

We bought a holiday house in Wheatsheaf in 2000, on a lovely five-acre block with a pretty little dam that didn’t hold water. The Hills Hoist in the backyard spoiled the forest view so I pulled it out - hey, we didn’t go there to do laundry.

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Still floating ideas, after all these years

25-02-2022

Fantasyland is a carousel that sits out the back of Tom Henderson’s place. It seats four, with two people propelling it by cranking an arm up and down.

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Creaks and groans lead to paranormal career

21-02-2022

AROUND 18 months ago Dolly Adamson and her family moved into a century-old house in Kyneton. Not long after that the weirdness commenced, the shadows flickering in the corners, the creaks, the groans. All those little things that suggest that your new home harbours something more than you may expect or even wish for.

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Stories of Us – coming to CresFest 2022

21-02-2022

QUESTION: What do poet Banjo Paterson, singer Simon McDonald of Springmount, photographer Daisy Harriett Llewelyn and the people of Creswick have in common?

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New vegie foodie award

21-02-2022

BEST vanilla slice award? How many hundreds of bakeries lay claim to that prize. But there is a new prize in town for the cafés and pubs of the Macedon Ranges, The Edgy Veg award.

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End of pine plantation at Miners Rest

20-02-2022

IT CAN be hard taking down a Christmas tree at the end of December… but imagine taking down over 100 pine trees at the end of an era.

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Sadie after forever home

20-02-2022

BEAUTIFUL Sadie is now looking for her forever home after a life saving, crowd-funded operation. Sadie is a purpose-bred golden retriever born with a hereditary genetic condition issue known as ectopic ureter(s).

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON DRAFT AQUATICS STRATEGY

19-02-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has released its draft Aquatics Strategy for community feedback, with the strategy aiming to provide a 10-year priority plan to guide the future direction for aquatic facilities in the shire, including how best to manage the current aquatics facilities, aspirations for the future, and ways to maximise residents’ participation.

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Anger over aged care moves

18-02-2022

HEPBURN Shire Council’s in-principle decision to outsource the delivery of aged and disability services to more than 300 local residents has sent shockwaves through the community, causing anger and concern for many receiving the services, their families and carers.

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Simply messing about in boats at Paynesville

18-02-2022

THE alarm sounded as we rounded the point into Metung. I quickly bolted down the boat's stairs in the blustery wind trying to figure out what was making the racket, and then the sound gave way to silence as the motor took its final breath.

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Simply messing about in boats at Paynesville

18-02-2022

WITH overseas holidays still a long way off, for us at least, we headed to Paynesville in Gippsland for a little break and a water view recently. It was fabulous.

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Final say on solar farm

17-02-2022

THE decision on whether eight hectares of industrial solar panels will be placed at Leonards Hill will be made by DELWP some time after February 14.

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Civic recognition for Danny’s tireless work

17-02-2022

“YOU don’t look for appreciation, but I suppose it’s nice when it comes your way.”

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The Last Word – they’re playin’ Jeff’s song on the radio

16-02-2022

A FEW evenings ago Carol and I were sitting in the lounge room in front of the television, looking at Netflix, and it must have been a Thursday because she had control of the remote.

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The Local in oils…

16-02-2022

The Local, usually in print and online, has now also appeared in oil paint.

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Triple threat Maureen takes on The Voice

16-02-2022

CRESWICK'S triple threat performer Maureen Andrew, pictured above, was one of the stars of Channel 7's four-night production of The Voice - Generations starting on Monday, January 31.

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Civic ceremony

16-02-2022

HEPBURN Shire Council hosted its annual Australia Day Eve to welcome new citizens and announce community award winners.

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Avenue may be overshadowed by AusNet

15-02-2022

IN AUSTRALIA , Avenues of Honour are a ubiquitous feature of the landscape. Planted to commemorate those who fought and died in theatres of war, particularly WWI, there are 547 known Avenues of Honour in the country with over half of them in Victoria.

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ChillOut on its way

15-02-2022

IT'S just weeks until the community celebrates 25 years of ChillOut. Festival director Em Ireland said this year's theme was Our time to shine, "so get your shiny wardrobe ready for some well-deserved celebrations".

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Progress on Woodend Community Center

14-02-2022

A bigger and better Woodend Community Centre is one step closer thanks to the State Government providing funding to fast-track detailed design works.

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Upgraded facilities for Creswick North Primary School

14-02-2022

Creswick students now have the facilities they need for a great start in life with the Andrews Labor Government completing an upgrade at Creswick North Primary School

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Glen, about the house

09-02-2022

Water features

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The MANet

09-02-2022

The MANet upcoming I Be Human portrait prize exhibitions will be held at the EDGE galleries in Maldon.

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Begonias on show

08-02-2022

IF YOU'VE ever visited the Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens glasshouse, you will have seen the amazing tuberous begonias, flamboyant, colourful and huge - but only viewed from behind the glass walls.

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Funding boost for Creswick cemetery

05-02-2022

The State Government is delivering upgrades and maintenance to Victoria’s cemeteries, ensuring these important spaces where Victorians reflect and remember those no longer with us continue to be preserved.

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New Hepburn Shire Council procurement policy

03-02-2022

Hepburn Shire Council has adopted a new Procurement Policy to guide how it spends money with suppliers.

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Bushfire recovery help

30-01-2022

The state government is continuing to support businesses and industry groups to recover from the impacts of the 2019-20 bushfires.

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Your Say

27-01-2022

Why I voted "No" to selling The Rex - Cr Jen Bray. At the November council meeting the 4-3 decision to halt the Hepburn Hub at The Rex project, and sell the building, has sent shockwaves through the Hepburn community.

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Just sayin’…

27-01-2022

THIS edition is all about looking back so I thought I would take a stroll down memory lane, to my "born and bred" town of Frankston.

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VACCINATION CLINIC OPENS KIDS APPOINTMENTS

27-01-2022

Central Highlands Rural Health’s vaccination clinic at Kyneton Health has opened its doors to 5-11-year-old children on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Children will be welcomed by our friendly nurses as they make their way through the Enchanted Forest themed vaccination clinic. We are thrilled to have state of the art virtual reality headset on site for children to enjoy however use will be subject to availability. All children will receive a goodie bag and lollipop available when they attend their appointment.

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Australia Day protest

26-01-2022

A number of people gathered outside the Daylesford Town Hall on Wednesday, January 26 to protest against Australia Day.

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New citizens and community awards

26-01-2022

HEPBURN Shire Council hosted its annual Australia Day Eve to welcome new citizens and announce community award winners.

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Bendigo Airport expansion funding

24-01-2022

The federal government has committed $4.5 million toward a major expansion of Bendigo Airport, paving the way for more flights in and out of the region and creating new jobs and economic opportunities.

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Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival

22-01-2022

There is so much to see and do in the Macedon Ranges and the region’s Autumn Festival is one of the newest features of the Victorian events calendar.

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Joe Camilleri living the dream

19-01-2022

HE IS one of Australia’s favourite rockers, an ARIA Hall of Famer and together with The Black Sorrows he’s sold more than two million albums. And just last month he released yet another album.

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Just sayin’…

18-01-2022

I honestly thought 2021 would see us out of this mess and back into a normal way of life. That was wishful thinking.

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Glen, about the house

18-01-2022

Last issue I mentioned that succulent plants weren’t just a group of weird little sun-loving plants that stored water on their swollen stems, leaves and sometimes, roots.

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Our great friend Don Breen

17-01-2022

In our June 7, 2021 edition we farewelled our great friend and long time supporter of The Local Don Breen. Don was born on September 16, 1940 and passed away on June 1, 2021. We miss you Don.

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Looking back at 2021: June

17-01-2022

In our June 21, 2021 edition we looked at the storm damage from the June 8/9 storm that wreaked devastation across the region. Images courtesy of Daylesford Spa Country Railway and Sandy Scheltema.

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Pets@Work

17-01-2022

In our March 8, 2021 edition we ran another of the popular Pets@World series...

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Looking back at 2021: January & February

16-01-2022

In our January 18, 2021 edition, journalist Jeff Glorfeld reported on the pandemic in America and Australia along with offering a handy list of pandemic reading material. Who knew we would still need them in 2022.

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SENSIBLE STEPS TO REDUCE TESTING QUEUES AND TRANSMISSION

20-01-2022

In the biggest change to the COVID-19 testing system since the beginning of the pandemic, Victorians won’t have to line up to get a PCR test and wait for their result to be diagnosed with COVID-19 – meaning shorter wait times and faster access to clinical care.

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NINE EASY QUESTIONS FOR RAPID COVID RESPONSE

13-01-2022

From today, Victorians who test positive on a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) will be asked just nine easy questions to quickly access the medical support they need as part of the transformation of Victoria’s response to coronavirus.

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A safe and sensible return to work

16-01-2022

With the number of COVID-19 close contacts continuing to grow, Victoria’s public health team will provide more essential workers with an exemption from close contact home isolation requirements to attend their workplace.

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NEW TRAINING CENTRE FOR STATE’S CFA VOLUNTEERS

10-01-2022

Victoria’s Country Fire Authority (CFA) volunteers and other emergency services agencies will benefit from a brand-new training facility in the Central Highlands, preparing them for the summer season.

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Shire Hall returns to former Glory

25-12-2021

The eight month restoration of the historic Kyneton Shire Hall, funded jointly by the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure program and Macedon Ranges Shire Council is set to be completed in December.

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Loving summer at Barwon Heads

22-12-2021

WHILE we love the Central Highlands, waiting for warmer weather to arrive can take a while, so we decided to go and find some summer vibes at Barwon Heads recently.

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Administrator should replace council – petition

22-12-2021

A PETITION is circulating asking for the Minister for Local Government to replace Hepburn Shire Council with an administrator.

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Tennis love match moving to its final set

22-12-2021

A LONG, hard slog appears to be approaching an end with the $2 million-plus redevelopment of the Daylesford Lawn Tennis Club.

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Daylesford Soccer under 15 league winners

21-12-2021

DAYLESFORD & Hepburn United Soccer Club's Under 15s, under coach Danny Koleski, have won the Ballarat Soccer League Competition for the third time.

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Offering company, comfort and a cuppa

21-12-2021

MEMBERS of the Malmsbury Cemetery Trust will be at the cemetery on Christmas Day offering light refreshments, shade and seating for those visiting passed family or friends.

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New custodians for Wombat Park

21-12-2021

DAYLESFORD couple Tony De Marco and Theresa Albioli have bought the historic Wombat Park homestead and estate at auction.

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Wombat State Forest reopens ahead of Christmas

18-12-2021

Victorians can now visit three recreational sites in the Wombat State Forest following the forest’s closure after an extreme storm event in October.

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BRIGHT FUTURE FOR SOCIAL HOUSING IN BALLARAT

16-12-2021

More Victorians will have a place to call home thanks to the State Government’s social housing investment in the Ballarat and wider Grampians area.

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Glenlyon Sports Day back for 2022

13-12-2021

THE Glenlyon Sports Day will be held again on Saturday 1 January 2022.

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So, this is Christmas

10-12-2021

Santa, aka Richard Herr, and his naughty helpers have come down from the North Pole to Daylesford and will be around town from December 1-25.

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Just sayin’…

08-12-2021

I get the feeling everyone is as stunned as I am about Hepburn Shire Council deciding, pretty randomly, to scrap the Hepburn Hub project at The Rex.

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Pools open for summer

05-12-2021

Summer has arrived and Council is pleased to announce the re-opening of the two outdoor pools in Woodend and Lancefield.

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Iso Pod at Springs

07-12-2021

SPRINGS Medical Centre in Daylesford has introduced an “Iso Pod” as part of its fight against Covid-19, and any other contagious diseases. The pod, which is set up fo

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Kyle’s rant

07-12-2021

THE topic of the moment is The Rex in Daylesford and the abhorrent waste of ratepayers' money. I do intend to get to that after this quick community safety message.

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Industry recognition for The Local

07-12-2021

THE Local has been awarded three runner-up awards in the highly-contested 2021 Victorian Country Press Association awards. The awards were announced last Friday, December 3.

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Launch of the Grampians Community Power Hub

26-11-2021

The Grampians Community Power Hub, led by BREAZE Inc, was officially launched on Friday bringing together community members, those working on the hub and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.

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Hepburn Hub project scrapped, Rex for sale

05-12-2021

THE controversial Hepburn Hub at The Rex project has been scrapped.

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Just sayin’…

29-11-2021

SO, WE are out the other side. Sort of. As in a massive lifting of restrictions. No more masks for most people unless you are working in hospitality or medicine. It's great news. For the vaccinated. Not so much if you have decided not to get the jab. Small life and all that.

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New mayor and deputy

04-12-2021

Congratulations to Cr Tim Drylie, who Councillors voted to be the new Mayor for the next 12 months, with Cr Jen Bray as Deputy Mayor (both pictured with Town Crier Philip Greenbank). CEO Bradley Thomas said the election of Cr Tim Drylie as Mayor and Cr Jen Bray as Deputy Mayor is recognition of the great work they do on behalf of their communities.

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Daylesford’s Annual ChillOut Festival announces Silver Jubilee Programme

03-12-2021

ChillOut Festival is thrilled to announce their 2022 programme. Join us from the 10-14th March as the Central Highlands of Victoria will loudly and proudly celebrate the 25th Anniversary of ChillOut Festival. A time for us all to bring our community together after being apart for so long. Whether it’s dancing, tennis or bushwalking shoes you need, dust them off and be a part of what we are planning to be the biggest and best festival yet. Bring all the moves that missed their dancefloor debuts and remember what it feels like to be celebrating what makes us proud of who we are, together as one incredible community, where we shine the brightest.

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Macedon Ranges Produce named Business of the Year

02-12-2021

Macedon Ranges Produce have been named Business of the Year at the 2021 Josh’s Rainbow Eggs Macedon Ranges Business Excellence Awards, also taking out the Champion of Social, Environmental or Sustainability Principles category.

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Clunes street dinner celebrates community

24-11-2021

AFTER a difficult year of uncertainty and lockdowns, the Clunes community plans to reconnect around one big dinner table. On Friday, December 3, Fraser Street will shut down to host Feast on Fraser, a community Christmas dinner complete with Santa, live music, and entertainment.

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Bush not so ideal when the sun goes down

23-11-2021

THE forests of the Central Highlands are lovely in the day. A bucolic place, abounding with precious orchids, meandering butterflies and grazing kangaroos. A benign arcadia, safe, beautiful, serene.

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Did somebody say that’s D’Arcy Spiller

23-11-2021

SINGER/songwriter, and former Smeaton resident, D’Arcy Spiller is one of the stars of Menulog’s reworked Snoop Dogg’s Did Somebody Say track.

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It’s beginning to look like Christmas

22-11-2021

Daylesford Trading Co owner Gary Grach has always loved Christmas so what better time to go overboard with his own store.

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GET INVOLVED IN SUSTAINABLE HEPBURN

21-11-2021

Hepburn Shire Council is calling on residents to get involved and help shape Council’s updated commitment towards environmental sustainability. Sustainable Hepburn will be an inclusive, aspirational yet realistic, strategy to guide Council’s environmental sustainability ambitions into the future.

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FREE GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL WITH A SMILE

Residents in Hepburn Shire Council can dispose of green waste for free at transfer stations in Daylesford, Creswick and Trentham throughout November. When you drop off your green waste, one of the friendly faces you may see is attendant Clem Nemeth.

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Sprouting joy

20-11-2021

THE shopfronts of Daylesford and surrounds came alive over the weekend with 120 beautiful floral installations designed to celebrate spring.

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Women recognised

16-11-2021

Women leading their communities through disaster, helping address cybercrime and lifting-up vulnerable communities are some of the 23 remarkable inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women this year.

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Stories of the Storm

14-11-2021

SANDY Scheltema's Stories of the Storm series is supported by Hepburn Shire Council, Trentham & Districts Community Bank and the Trentham Lions Club. The series showcases stories of courage, tenacity, bravery and resilience within the community from people who experienced the terrifying storm of June 10, 2021.

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Power lines jeopardise World Heritage bid

13-11-2021

Power lines jeopardise World Heritage bid

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The Good Grub Club: Sharing food and love

12-11-2021

WE MIGHT be seen as the wellness, spa and foodie capital of Victoria, but behind closed doors many people continue to be supported each week thanks to the efforts of Daylesford's Good Grub Club volunteers and community support.

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Kate Taylor imagines no more disability tropes

12-11-2021

IMAGINE there’s no disability tropes. I wonder if you can.

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Kyle’s Rant

11-11-2021

I KNOW I should thank my lucky stars living the life I live and being born into a first world community, having hot dinners on the table every night and a reliable car to run around in.

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Just sayin’…

11-11-2021

WENT to a function the other day. It was pretty exciting. I even washed my hair. It's not that hard once you get around to it.

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Susie O’Neill and how tragedy can turn to triumph

08-11-2021

WHEN Susie O’Neill was writing When Bad Things Happen...Good Things Can Grow, to be launched in Daylesford next month, she couldn’t believe how her title turned into reality.

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Flowers of joy

08-11-2021

THE shopfronts of Daylesford and surrounds will come alive later this month with 120 beautiful floral installations designed to celebrate spring and move towards a better future.

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Celebrating five years at STIHL Shop Daylesford

08-11-2021

AS A youngster Dave Osborn would spend time with his grandfather who was in the logging trade. He learnt how to use a chainsaw and a passion for power garden tools, and particularly the STIHL brand, started to grow.

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Daylesford Bowling Club holds open day

DAYLESFORD Bowling Club held its open day for the 2021/2022 season on Saturday, November 6.

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More footage from June 2021 storm-affected properties

03-11-2021

Over the past few months, Bushfire Recovery Victoria has been capturing video footage from June 2021 storm-affected properties which have registered with BRV’s clean-up program. They include Diana and Shane who took over the Jubilee Lake Caravan Park just two months earlier.

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footage from June 2021 storm-affected properties

03-11-2021

Over the past few months, Bushfire Recovery Victoria has been capturing video footage from June 2021 storm-affected properties which have registered with BRV’s clean-up program. They include Central Highland local Paul Ulrik.

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The Last Word: The history of Vaughan Springs

25-10-2021

VAUGHAN was once a bustling town known as The Junction and the name itself conjures up images from the wild west, gunslinging bushrangers and miners duking it out on the muddy streets.

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BOOM Clunes up for Mainstreet awards

25-10-2021

BOOM Clunes has been shortlisted in the Mainstreet Australia awards to be announced in November. The awards have been running for 20 years and recognise and celebrate the achievements of businesses or volunteers who ensure the ongoing success and survival of main streets.

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Kate Taylor does not write inspiration porn

25-10-2021

I DO not write inspiration porn. If you don’t know me, or this is the first time you’ve read anything by me, for over 12 months I have been writing stories for a disability support service provider. About giving voice to the people they provide support to.

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Movie extras needed

25-10-2021

A FEATURE film, In God’s Care, is being shot in Hepburn Shire in November and December - and they need extras! Harvest Pictures Group co-CEO Tony Coombs said the film was inspired by tragic and true events which happened in the mid-90s but the story line was being kept under wraps for the time being.

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Moderna booster but not for ‘old and fat’

25-10-2021

A SEPTEMBER 17 CNN online story was headlined: “Moderna's vaccine is the most effective, but Pfizer and J&J also protect well, CDC-led study says”. That news suited me just fine - as previously reported in this fine publication, I received my first dose of the Moderna vaccine in January and took the second shot in February.

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Daylesford to come alive with ‘Art on Vincent’

25-10-2021

DAYLESFORD'S town centre will come alive with colour when ‘Art on Vincent’ kicks off this Friday. As part of the 2021 Daylesford Art Show, hosted by Rotary, the exciting new concept will bring artwork to the community and truly highlight our region's remarkable talent.

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Vale Bob McKinnon

25-10-2021

SILENCE fell over the small town of Clunes last Tuesday in a beautiful farewell for town stalwart Bob McKinnon. A small family service ended in a community event that some locals have described as a once in a lifetime moment.

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Stories of the Storm

25-10-2021

SANDY Scheltema's Stories of the Storm series is supported by Hepburn Shire Council, Trentham & Districts Community Bank and the Trentham Lions Club. The series showcases stories of courage, tenacity, bravery and resilience within the community from people who experienced the terrifying storm of June 10, 2021.

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Fresh wave of myxomatosis concern for domestic pets

25-10-2021

RABBITS came to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788 and were bred and maintained as food animals with more introduced in later years for recreational huntin

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Clay trail roadmap

25-10-2021

The Central Victorian Clay Trail is one roadmap that will lead you on a journey of discovery to the inner sanctums of the region’s ceramicists and help blow out the lockdown cobwebs.

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Romsey Stranger winner

WHILE the pandemic killed off the Words in Winter writers’ festival for the second year, it couldn’t stop a vigorous short story competition under the theme of The Stranger.

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Water win for Hepburn students

19-10-2021

Central Highlands Water commenced National Water Week celebrations with the announcement of Hepburn Primary School students winning the region’s poster competition.

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Planning underway for theatre upgrade at Daylesford Hospital

19-10-2021

Central Highlands Rural Health has commenced planning for the upgrade to its theatre facilities at Daylesford Health.   Regional Health Infrastructure Fund recently announced an allocation of $4.5 million for the upgrade that will re-develop the theatre and sterilising areas at the hospital.

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Art X Music exhibition opens at Mt Franklin

11-10-2021

NICK Carpenter's Music Is My Muse exhibition will open at the Wildwood Instruments Art Gallery at Mount Franklin on the Cup Day long weekend, October 30.

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News from Ballarat Health

14-10-2021

As part of the state-wide response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Ballarat Base Hospital is now a designated streaming hospital for adult COVID-19 patients, as required. Ballarat Health Services will continue to provide the best possible care for our community and broader Victoria. 

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Lauren’s continuing passion for media

11-10-2021

CLUNES local Lauren Goodrham has always had a passion for the media. Working part time as a 15-year-old camera assistant at the then Ballarat television station BTV-6 to now owning one of Australia’s leading audio agencies based in Ballarat, Lauren was instrumental in paving the way for female camera operators at a time when women were generally in front of the camera.

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A gratitude page to our Local Legends!

11-10-2021

The Local asked people to tell us who is helping them through this tough time, and our readers responded. Some were quite specific and others just sent us the names of their legends. Send us more and we will print them in the next edition. Email: donna@tlnews.com.au

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Stories of the Storm

11-10-2021

SANDY Scheltema's Stories of the Storm series is supported by Hepburn Shire Council, Trentham & Districts Community Bank and the Trentham Lions Club. The series aims to showcase stories of courage, tenacity, bravery and resilience within the community from people who experienced the terrifying storm of June 10, 2021.

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Wombat fundraiser

11-10-2021

MUSICAL tribute to the wombat is the feature of a Daylesford benefit concert for the planned Central Victoria Wildlife Hospital.

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Just sayin’… By Donna Kelly

YOU will find it hard to believe but I get annoyed at times. Yep, kind, placid me. If you really want proof, just ask Kyle. Maybe don't.

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Can you help beautiful Sadie live her best life? Woof…

11-10-2021

BEAUTIFUL Sadie is a purpose-bred golden retriever born with a hereditary genetic condition issue known as ectopic ureter(s).

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CresFest: A new style festival in an old style town

11-10-2021

NEWLYN resident, fundraiser and musician Judy Turner was coming to the end of a contract with Sovereign Hill, when an epiphany occurred – what better thing to do in retirement than to start a new festival, right here in beautiful Creswick?

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Take a bow, young writers and dreamers

THIS is the second in The Local's series of primary students tackling the topic My Dream and secondary students on The Stranger for the Words in Winter festival.

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Take a bow, young writers and dreamers

THIS is the second in The Local's series of primary students tackling the topic My Dream and secondary students on The Stranger for the Words in Winter festival.

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Take a bow, young writers and dreamers

The Stranger for the Words in Winter festival.

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Joe Camilleri: Country life, music and gardens

HE IS one of Australia’s favourite rockers, an ARIA Hall of Famer and together with The Black Sorrows he’s sold more than two million albums.

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Covid-19 care factor zero in California

A FEW Fridays ago I went out for lunch with a vaccinated friend. Isn’t that a sign of the times - I don’t describe him as an old friend, a good mate, someone I’ve known since high school, who I’ve shared many adventures with over the years. No, he’s a vaccinated friend.

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Funding for Talbot

NEW outdoor exercise equipment has been installed at a park in Talbot, thanks to funding from the state government. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas opened the Activating Talbot project last week. It was given a $150,000 investment from the Healthy Heart of Victoria initiative.

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Glen, about the house

SPRING persists, even if it’s only vacillating between icy rain and those fleeting wind-cooled sunny spells.

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Japanese artists’ connection with Trentham

VISUAL artists Akiko Nagino and Takahiko Sugawara met in 2006 and they are still together, travelling and making works. Growing up in Tōhoku the remote and scenic north east region of Honshu, Japan's largest island, they both completed studies at Tōhoku University of Art and Design in the city of Yamagata.

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GDTA guidebook for walks and bike rides

MOST people heading out into the bush for a walk or a mountain bike ride don’t have all day, so the Great Dividing Trail Association has produced a new guidebook, consisting of walks and bike rides within the Daylesford region, all short enough to complete in four hours.

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Stories of the Storm

SANDY Scheltema's Stories of the Storm series is supported by Hepburn Shire Council, Trentham & Districts Community Bank and the Trentham Lions Club. The series aims to showcase stories of courage, tenacity, bravery and resilience within the community from people who experienced the terrifying storm of June 10, 2021.

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BlazeAid: Ready to help but hit by red tape

WHEN the Black Saturday Fires ripped through Kevin and Rhonda Butler’s farm at East Kilmore in 2009, their immediate concern was the safety of their sheep.

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Battles continue for hospitality businesses

HOSPITALITY businesses around the Central Highlands are doing it tough as Melbourne remains closed and inside limits remain at just 10 people per building.

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The Last Word: Daylesford Lawn Tennis Club

26-09-2021

HELEN Jenkin joined the Daylesford Lawn Tennis Club as a player in 1967, before becoming secretary the following year, holding the position until 1970. She was also president for two years from 1987 and started running the juniors for 10 years from 1997.

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Pothole causing costly chaos but no compo

16-08-2021

A MAJOR pothole on the Ballan-Daylesford Road near Victoria Park in Daylesford has caused thousands of dollars in damage to residents' and visitors' vehicles.

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Housing policy but no quick fix on cards

16-08-2021

HEPBURN Shire Council has included funding for a strategic plan into an affordable housing policy in its June budget but there will be no quick fix.

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Pets@Work

16-08-2021

Working in real estate is not all about selling property, as Belle Property Trentham's Fiona Kelly has found out.

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Soccer star loving community life in Daylesford

16-08-2021

IT'S a fairly safe bet that there are few people who can say with certainty that the pandemic helped their business. Former Young England soccer star Lee Stevens, now of Daylesford, attributes this to his recruitment firm thriving, not that this gives him a sense of pleasure.

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16-08-2021

Let's celebrate the return of Wattle Day Glenlyon has revisited and revitalised the celebration of Wattle Day, once an annual one-day salute to our national floral emblem, the wattle, but this year it is embraced in a week long feast of poetry and art commencing on August 8.

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Pets@Work

02-08-2021

Harry, a seven-year-old labradoodle, loves working at Hepburn Community Radio.

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From Doggy to AFL premierships: Pearcy’s parade

02-08-2021

A YOUNG man starts out with the Daylesford Football Netball Club. Impossible, then, to even think that one day he would stand on the dais at the MCG with a premiership AFL team.

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Communities rally together after the storm

19-06-2021

THE great storm of June 9/10 will go down in history as one of the most devastating events in the Central Highlands. Thousands of trees came down, crashing onto homes, cars, sheds, fences and powerlines. More continue to fall as people deal with the aftermath and the clean-up.

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Storm damage and relief in sight for Trentham

10-06-2021

Just a few photos of some of the damage around the region

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Completing Year 12 in the time of Covid

07-06-2021

AS KIARA Clifton says, it’s been a year like no other. The Glenlyon resident, who completed Year 12 last year at Daylesford College, concedes that there are many worse off, but says she is not alone in feeling ripped off by Covid. Kiara chatted with Donna Kelly.

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Cinema frustration

07-06-2021

THE Daylesford Cinema Committee is "frustrated, bitterly disappointed and gobsmacked" that plans for the Hepburn Hub at The Rex are being revisited by Hepburn Shire Council, with the project now being workshopped by councillors.

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High tea at Daylesford Bowling Club

07-06-2021

THERE has never been a better time to indulge in a high tea - designed to take you away from reality and into a more pleasant era where people took time to sit back and indulge in decadent food and gentle conversation.

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Embracing the six seasons of our land

07-06-2021

A TRADITIONAL smoking ceremony, community elders, a didgeridoo performance and a captivated audience of school children, set the scene for the unveiling of an amazing indigenous mural depicting the six main seasons of Djandak.

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Pets@Work

07-06-2021

These pigeons have certainly chosen a great perch.

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Aussie rules future bright for Chloe Leonard

07-06-2021

AS ANY regular follower of Australian rules football will be aware, women’s footy has really taken off. While state based leagues emerged as far back as the 1980s it was really only in the past decade that the women’s game became professionalised.

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Rush to buy regional double-edged sword

05-06-2021

ALL tiers of government need to think and act faster with Covid leading more and more people to regional lives, says REIV president Leah Calnan.

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Kevin Tolhurst – a life devoted to forests and fires

01-06-2021

KEVIN Tolhurst is one of many leading Australian foresters whose career commenced with training at the Creswick School of Forestry.

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The little school that could

24-05-2021

FOR 163 years, Newlyn Primary School has seen many changes in its time.

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Hepburn Hub at The Rex project in doubt

24-05-2021

The current Hepburn Hub at The Rex project may be cancelled.

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Pets@Work

24-05-2021

Rod Poxon is the greens director at the Daylesford Bowling Club - and is usually there with his dog Minty.

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The final Daylesford Football Club report with Brendan Murray!

09-07-2021

Daylesford Football Club reports with Brendan Murray

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Push for national parks

15-05-2021

MORE than 40 state, national and international groups, representing hundreds of thousands of Victorians, have called on the Victorian Government to accept recommendations for new national parks in Victoria’s central west.

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Biggest Morning Tea at Daylesford Bowls Club

15-05-2021

The Daylesford Bowling Club will be busy this Monday, May 17, with a Biggest Morning Tea event at 10.30am.

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Lending many helping hands to refugees

15-05-2021

GREGORY Clark joined the Macedon Ranges Rural Australians for Refugees three years ago. He heard about three Malaysian refugees living in Melton sleeping on blankets on the floor with only three plastic chairs, three cups, bowls, spoons, and an esky for a fridge.

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Ford: Councillor, horticulturalist, artist

15-05-2021

THE Clunes Town Hall and Courthouse is a striking municipal building designed by Percy Oakden. Built in 1872, the distinctive building reflected the prosperity of a gold mining town in its heyday. But this is not a story about the Clunes Town Hall as such, though it is worth mentioning that the grand building has recently had a substantial makeover, returning it to its original glory.

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Concern over transmission lines

15-05-2021

HEPBURN Shire Council says it continues to advocate on behalf of community groups concerned about the construction of 190km of overhead transmission lines, proposed as part of the Western Victoria Transmission Network Project.

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Pets@Work

15-05-2021

Dougie the labrador is only five months old but is already hard at work at laundry service Daylesford Green.

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Attitude, attendance and ability

09-05-2021

IT’S a long way from its origins in Korea, but tang soo tao has quickly become a popular martial art in Daylesford where it is being taught at the ARC at Daylesford College.

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Eggs, wine: Uber balloon?

26-04-2021

AUTUMN evenings in Daylesford are peaceful affairs at Rob Alexander and Ros Marsden’s Mistover property. So when a sudden roar engulfed their house on recent afternoon, they rushed outside to investigate the menacing sound.

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Pets@Work

26-04-2021

Jay-Jay (rear) and Didak are hard working office companions for Brendan Hutchinson (front) and Troy Daff of Daylesford Country Retreats.

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Lest We Forget

26-04-2021

Numbers were down at some Anzac Day services around the region, again thanks to Covid concerns.

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Ambulance times cause for country concern

26-04-2021

HEPBURN Shire residents have “a valid concern” about the time it could take for an ambulance to arrive in an emergency, Mayor Lesley Hewitt has told The Local.

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Design with Indre

12-04-2021

CALLED the Cathedral of the Wimmera, the Stick Shed is certainly impressive and well worth a drive to Murtoa, whose indigenous name means land of the lizard.

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Glen, about the house

12-04-2021

The good, the bad & the hungry!

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Local Lines

12-04-2021

Imagine being surrounded all the time

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Creating BOOM in Clunes to avoid a bust

12-04-2021

THERE is something truly special about living in a smaller community. The sense of connectedness, caring and support, in good times and in bad, continues to live on in smaller communities across Australia, and it’s seen every day across the Macedon Ranges and Hepburn shires.

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Celebrating 40 years of the Daylesford Sunday Market

12-04-2021

DAYLESFORD Sunday Market, at Daylesford Railway Station, celebrates its 40th anniversary on Sunday, April 18 - with plenty of fun for everyone.

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A century on, a dinkum digger’s medals glisten

12-04-2021

ALF Morrison of Yandoit was two months short of his 21st birthday when a bullet cut him down. Now, 104 years later, his nephew, 89-year-old Don Morrison, plans to wear replicas of Alf’s medals at the Anzac Day service in Daylesford. The two medals shine brilliantly on Don’s chest as he talks in his Yandoit home, with its glorious views of the countryside, including Mt Franklin.

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Pets@Work

12-04-2021

Belle the pug, and Lola the border collie spend their days at Tylden's Springhill Nursery & Garden working hard as therapy dogs

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It’s a grave job but Alan never lost the plot

12-04-2021

ALAN Graham, gravedigger at Daylesford Cemetery, is tall and weather tanned, with the demeanour of a solitary man who has worked with his hands for a long time.

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COVID vaccine roll-out in Hepburn Shire

29-03-2021

Trentham Aged Care Facility was bustling with activity and there was an air of excitement when the Grampians' mobile vaccination team from Ballarat Health Services arrived with the AstraZeneca vaccine last week to begin vaccinating aged care residents.

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Kyle’s Rant

29-03-2021

HOW often have you heard “We are experiencing higher than normal call volumes right now” or “all of our team are busy, please hold and we will answer your call as soon as possible”? All while patiently waiting on the phone listening to music from the 1980s that is designed to take you back to a simpler time and calm you down.

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European wasps on the wane, or are they?

29-03-2021

ONE of the more pleasant things about autumn, once the crowds have evaporated after ChillOut, is taking advantage of the remaining few weeks of daylight saving to head into town in the cool of the evening for a wander.

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Thursday means Steak Night at the Daylesford

29-03-2021

THURSDAY is our deadline for The Local so we rarely go out. Too tired, over each other. But that is something we will change after heading to the Daylesford Hotel last Thursday.

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Peter Waters: Running his own race

29-03-2021

PETER Waters lives by two mottos…never give up and always do your best. Despite living with cerebral palsy and being a wheelchair user, Peter does just that and proudly admits he runs his own race.

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Pets@Work

29-03-2021

Molly, an 11-month-old Brittany, can be found at Quality Floorz in Daylesford with owner Jill Barker.

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Just sayin’…

15-03-2021

IT'S been a strange week in an even stranger 12 months.

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Kyle’s Rant

15-03-2021

SO, ARE we on Team Markle or Team Queen or Team “don’t give a toss”?

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Good Friday Appeal

15-03-2021

EASTER is not far off, with Good Friday on April 2, and that means it's also time to donate, if you can, to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

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Exotic fauna or a pesky pest? Still no idea!

15-03-2021

BACK in the 1880s various species of deer were introduced to Australia as game animals and their descendants remain in forests across Australia.

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Beautiful blooming begonias…and bees

15-03-2021

BEGONIAS have captured the imagination of flower lovers for hundreds of years with their almost quirky and often flamboyant offerings.

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Alice, crossing the desert of love and Sufism

15-03-2021

TRENTHAM novelist Alice Melike Ülgezer’s life is like a best-selling thriller, or even a riveting TV series.

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How Basil brewed a golden beauty

15-03-2021

LYONVILLE'S Basil Eliades was on a break down the coast when a thought struck him. Why not, he pondered, enter my vodka in an international competition. Hundreds of kilometres away at home, his wife Jane was thinking the same.

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Kyneton frontline workers get COVID jab

15-03-2021

FRONTLINE workers at Central Highlands Rural Health's Kyneton campus received the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 last week.

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Pets@Work

15-03-2021

Fiona Harris adopted Luna five years ago and now she is working from home in Glenlyon, has her employed in her business, Aromatic Healing.

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Your say on the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens

08-03-2021

THE Friends of the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens committee is encouraging the local community to contribute comments to the draft Master Plan for the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens.

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Electronic control addictive for Aimee

08-03-2021

NEWSTEAD musician Aimee Chapman has been working at her craft since the 1990s, with her career based on jazz studies at Victorian College of the Arts and Music, majoring in lead vocals.

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A fungus lover’s foray into fun foraging

08-03-2021

INTEREST in foraging for wild food is on the rise, and magnificent mushrooms are very much on the menu. But if you’re gathering your own, you’ve got to get it right. From the right knowledge and equipment, to following a forager's Code of Practice.

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Wild horses couldn’t keep her away

08-03-2021

THE Rolling Stones wrote a song about them and now Clunes' own resident Leslie Scott has her own incredible story about wild horses that became the focus of her life during COVID.

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Pets@Work

08-03-2021

IRISH wolfhounds, Fearghal, left, and Flynn, right, certainly punch above their weight, more than 75kg each, helping out at Trentham Post Office.

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Travel: Water views and Western Victoria

01-03-2021

A COUPLE of weeks ago we headed over to Nagambie and then up to Moama. The first real escape in about 15 months. It was great to get away for a few nights. So good we thought we would try it again. This time, over west and down to Port Fairy.

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Pets@Work

01-03-2021

Miss Mollie, a three-year-old schmoodle, works with Father Gary Jones, the priest for St Peter’s Daylesford and St Augustine’s Creswick parishes.

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The Last Word: Another shot in the arm

01-03-2021

Vaccination Part II

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Just sayin’…

01-03-2021

SO FEBRUARY has just finished up. And that means FebFast is over. Which is good because I failed miserably at giving up alcohol. But do I blame myself? Of course not.

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Kyle’s Rant

01-03-2021

THE other day I went on a photoshoot - I know, no big deal but bear in mind during the pandemic the old camera bag sat in the corner and collected dust.

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New category mooted for Wombat Forest

01-03-2021

THE investigation into public land in the state’s Central West region was commissioned by the Victorian Government in 2017.

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Hepburn Shire’s housing crisis in focus

01-03-2021

A GROUP of Hepburn Shire residents is determined to spotlight the issues of the housing crisis in the shire.

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A chance meeting, friendship and a time to shine

01-03-2021

ANGUS O’Callaghan always dreamed of becoming a famous photographer. Fascinated by people going about their daily lives, Angus captured shots of Melbourne. Shots that evoke memories for those who lived or visited Melbourne in the 60s.

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Festival: fun and fundraising

01-03-2021

ON SATURDAY, March 13, the Macedon Ranges Festival will take place in Gisborne providing some much needed live music for people in the area after a year of not much at all.

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Kyle’s Rant

08-02-2021

THIS year I find myself dragging my feet. I am technically challenged once again and feel like my cobwebbed brain is just not keeping up.

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Glen, About the house

08-02-2021

It's all about the birds and the bees

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Just 15 and creating futuristic folk songs

08-02-2021

SAGE Roadknight, 15, is a singer/songwriter from the Macedon Ranges creating, in her own words, futuristic folk music. She comes from a musical family and has been involved with music for pretty much her whole life, starting with piano at the age of six.

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At one with a horse’s heart

08-02-2021

WHEN a group of 20 strangers, from all walks of life, all ages and all parts of Victoria, gathered together on a property in Drummond North last weekend to take part in a two-hour healing program involving horses, no-one really knew what to expect.

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Dr Monica Nolan at the COVID front line

08-02-2021

FRANKLINFORD’S Dr Monica Nolan is among those leading the way in developing and implementing an innovative program monitoring wastewater across Victoria state for traces of the COVID pathogen as an early detection tool.

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Local Lines

08-02-2021

Big ears and noddies

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Bullarto Primary: The little school that could

08-02-2021

A TINY school nestled at the edge of the Wombat State Forest has a simple but formidable motto: Where the forest meets the school and the children greet the future. And it has never been more relevant.

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Local Lines

15-02-2021

Silence and Pain

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Just sayin’…

15-02-2021

IT'S Sunday morning, well, almost noon, and I have just decided to rewrite this column. I had one done and dusted but I thought about it overnight and decided it was too gloomy. And one thing we don't need right now is gloomy. So here are some more upbeat things and thoughts.

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Kyle’s Rant

15-02-2021

AS YOU are probably aware, unless you have been under a rock somewhere, we have had another couple of recent slip-ups from the hotel quarantine.

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Design with Indre

15-02-2021

Bench parking

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Glen, Around the house

15-02-2021

Then the rains came down…

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Pets@Work

15-02-2021

THANKS to demand, The Local is bringing back Pets@Work. So if you know someone who has a pet at work, dog, cat, hamster, rabbit or other, let us know. Email donna@tlnews.com.au

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Uncovering the history of the Convent Gallery

15-02-2021

THE Presentation Sisters, officially the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, are a religious institute of Roman Catholic women founded in Cork, Ireland, by a pioneer of Catholic education Nano Nagle in 1775. Historically, the Sisters have focused their energies on creating and staffing schools to educate young women.

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Playing games at Woodend

15-02-2021

DAVID Haines, a Woodend resident, has been playing board games for about 20 years and wondered if there were other local board game players within the community.

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Plenty of attitude for those ageing in Clunes

15-02-2021

THE Clunes Senior Citizens Centre in Fraser Street had been central to the needs of its older residents since the early 1970s. Sadly 2020 and the restrictions on social gatherings brought about the dissolution of the centre and a 50-year chapter of community history came to a close. The building, with its range of meeting rooms suitable for a whole range of intellectual, physical and artistic pursuits lay empty and silent.

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Carnies coming to curbsides near you

01-02-2021

HER stage name portrays her perfectly – Sophie deLightful. And delightful she is. While thousands of Victorian artists and performers were starved of work and an income, Sophie turned a negative (she had a double whammy – an entertainer and a home-based travel agent) into a positive and was the inspiration behind pop-up circus Curbside Carnies.

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Artist Dorothy Enders keen to hang work

01-02-2021

THE Kyneton Art Group has been operating for more than 40 years. Its members meet every Tuesday at the Red Brick Hall in Yaldwyn Street Kyneton. The aim of the group has always been to provide fellowship and a space for artistic creativity.

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Communities rally around Brad Fernando

01-02-2021

COMMUNITIES around the Central Highlands, Ballarat, Bendigo and beyond are rallying for wine connoisseur and regional wine advocate Brad Fernando, after he was diagnosed last year with an aggressive tumour of the jaw.

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Alex loving new work at Hepburn House

25-01-2021

Alessandro 'Alex' Micheli moved from Florence, Italy 25 years ago, taking up an IT position in Albury, New South Wales.

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Loving the locks at Lake Daylesford

25-01-2021

"SHE said yes!", is inscribed in one of the many lovelocks starting to take over the spillway bridge outside the historic change rooms at Lake Daylesford.

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Changing women’s lives – one pack at a time

25-01-2021

IT'S hard to imagine that in today’s day and age, girls and women across the world are denied access to basic sanitary needs. While periods are a part of every woman’s life, thousands endure unthinkable hardships, simply by being a woman.

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Uncovering Lauriston’s history

25-01-2021

THE hamlet of Lauriston, nestled in the Coliban Valley between Drummond and Kyneton, boasts around 235 residents. It is a figure, give or take a dozen people, that has remained unchanged since World War I.

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Just sayin’…

25-01-2021

OUR US correspondent Jeff Glorfeld sent us a very, well, sort of funny, piece for this edition. He and his wife Carol, former Wheatsheaf residents now living in Redding, California had their first vaccine shots last Saturday, January 16. Read all about it on the back page. Oh, and tune into the podcast at www.tlnews.com.au/podcast

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Kyle’s Rant

25-01-2021

THE few people I know, know I have a boating lineage. I like a sailor’s life and feel most at home aboard a vessel plying the brine.

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Beating the odds with incredible will power

25-01-2021

TWENTY-three-year-old Michael Smith is nothing short of inspirational. The Macedon Ranges resident has overcome the odds to become an inspirational role model for others and to prove that anything is possible even when you are paralysed on one side and unable to enjoy all the things able-bodied people do.

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Staying positive about the live music scene

25-01-2021

IF you’re a musician you definitely know how abysmal last year was for getting out and showcasing your music. And if you think it was bad in the capital cities, spare a thought for the people operating in regional areas like here.

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Junior bowlers compete at Daylesford

25-01-2021

THE 15th Annual Junior Provincial Championship was held at Daylesford Bowling Club, competing for the Flapper Family Shield and BDBD Medallions.

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A shot in the arm

25-01-2021

ON JANUARY 16 I received a COVID-19 vaccination. This is how it happened.

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Just sayin’…

18-01-2021

IT'S been a funny couple of weeks. Mainly thanks to our readers. It started with an email after a reader noticed that Kyle's Rant had been truncated down to "I'm out, write your own rant here".

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Kyle’s Rant

18-01-2021

I WROTE a rant a couple of editions ago that declared I was done for the year and asked if, for one edition of our free reading offering, you (the readers) wouldn’t mind popping your own rant in the allotted space.

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The Last Word – A pandemic reading guide

18-01-2021

IT LOOKED like Victoria had beaten COVID-19 into submission, and then new cases began leaking in from NSW.

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Bread tags: From little things big things grow

18-01-2021

BREAD tags, those pesky coloured plastic squares used to close bags of bread, are in high demand. From Woodend, and all across Australia, they are collected and recycled to fund wheelchairs for disadvantaged South Africans.

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Why not everyone’s a fan of a solar farm

18-01-2021

IT’S hard to find anyone today who is not in agreement about the need to find alternative replacements to fossil fuels. A recent poll by the Lowy Institute found 84 per cent of Australians believe that governments should increase investment in this area.

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Pandemic pivot: Seat swap for Steve

18-01-2021

AS THE the events of the year 2020 played themselves out across the world, perhaps one of the most visual manifestations of its far-reaching effects was the sight of dozens of aircraft lined up at disused airports across the world. Grounded almost instantly as international and domestic travel ground to a halt when borders closed, it was certainly not a good time to be holding your life savings in airline company stock.

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Rewiring neural pathways part of healthy ageing

18-01-2021

THERE is a commonly held assumption that as people get older they tend to fall into rigid habits and are less able to quickly learn and acquire new forms of knowledge. As people enter their 50s and 60s there may just be an element of truth in such assumptions; at least if one does not take steps to disprove them.

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Mobile phones out at Bullarto/Lyonville

14-01-2021

A Telstra blackspot mobile phone tower at Bullarto is out of action after it was damaged by thieves who stole copper cabling which provides power to the site.

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One step forward… the Hepburn Hub

21-12-2020

THERE is no doubt, the Hepburn Hub at The Rex in Vincent Street, Daylesford has been an absolute disaster from the outset.

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Just sayin’…

21-12-2020

SO, THIS is Christmas, And what have you done? Another year over, A new one just begun. And so this is Christmas, I hope you have fun, The near and the dear ones, The old and the young. A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year, Let's hope it's a good one, Without any fear. And so this is Christmas, For weak and for strong, The rich and the poor ones, The road is so long.

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Kyle’s Rant

21-12-2020

I DON'T have a lot to add to these Christmas festivities except “we don’t know how lucky we are mate” - that is, us living in the land down under compared to the Northern Hemisphere.

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Magic hour in the Wombat Forest

21-12-2020

MOVING can become a habit with some people. Carol and I drifted through our share of flats and houses in St Kilda and Elwood before we finally settled on a five-acre block in Wheatsheaf. It wasn’t that we were stuck, or had lost the urge to pack up and go, it’s just that the thought of living anywhere else just didn’t quite feel right.

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Bland life in Clunes

21-12-2020

THE site of the old Port Phillip Mine in Clunes is nothing but an intriguing pile of dirt and gorse these days. But while every scrap of plant and infrastructure has been long obliterated, the remains still dominate the heart of the town.

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Glen, about the house

21-12-2020

2020 - Groundhog Day revisited

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Joan looks back on sowing her wild Oates

21-12-2020

THE many friends of Joan Oates remark on her capacity to respond to life with grit and determination. She is seen as a shining example of independence and strength, with a wonderful, sometimes wicked, sense of humour and a sharp, observant mind.

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Local Lines

21-12-2020

Back tracking

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Kerryn Wildenburg: Out of the darkness, into the light

21-12-2020

THERE are people in this world who are so truly inspirational, that it’s hard to know where to begin to tell their story.

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Pandemic has brought people back to reality: Don

21-12-2020

CR DON Henderson asks to meet me at Caleembeen Park. He proudly tells me he was recently successful in achieving funding after lobbying for 12 years for upgrades at the popular swimming spot, including making it more accessible for those with disabilities.

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Group taking action on vegetable front

21-12-2020

MANY readers find statistics and reports awfully tedious, so let’s get them out of the way right now.

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Lighting up Trentham

21-12-2020

TRENTHAM Houses have been vying for the title of best Christmas decorations.

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A very Christmassy Clunes

21-12-2020

Christmas lights in Clunes!

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Harry’s Lights in West Street Daylesford

21-12-2020

HARRY Scascighinis's lights in West Street have been a Daylesford institution for more than 20 years. He started off small. They all start off small but then the obsession grows.

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Floyd finds forever home

14-12-2020

FLOYD first appeared in The Local's Pick Me, pick me column in May. He announced to the world: "I am a charming playful guy looking for an indoor, solo cat home. I am FIV positive, so I need a bit of extra care to keep me healthy. FIV can lower the effectiveness of my immune system when I am stressed but generally cats with the disease can live normal lifespans. I’m worth the effort because I am social and confident."

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Kyle’s Rant

14-12-2020

RECENTLY we visited the city (it was a Monday and dead) and once we had checked into our hotel room, a ritzy two-bedroom apartment on the 22nd floor for under $200 (cheap as, bro), we were off for lunch.

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Just sayin’…

14-12-2020

THE mask thing is strange now. Yes, you have to wear them in places like large shopping centres and supermarkets but not in smaller shops, unless you can't socially distance.

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Welcome to Dollywood

14-12-2020

IT’S no secret that Daylesford and the wider region is a destination of choice for many in the public eye. Some say it’s because they can enjoy privacy. For others it’s a place to blend in with the locals and tourists alike.

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Cr Juliet Simpson reviving a family tradition

14-12-2020

THE new councillor for Holcombe Ward is Juliet Simpson, and her connections to the area go back to the late 19th century. Her great-great grandfather, William Stanbridge, settled in the district before the gold rush four generations ago and became a sheep farmer.

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Out of the frying pan…

14-12-2020

IT'S been an 'unprecedented' year and for most Central Highlands residents it's been one of lockdowns but also open spaces for enjoying masked walks. But for some former residents it's been a different year. Some better, some worse. "Out of the frying pan…into ???. In the fourth of our series, former Glenlyon resident Jill de Vos, pictured far right, talks about life in Europe with partner Shelley Beer, right, aboard their boat SV Eucalyptus.

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Redesale quilt

07-12-2020

COMMEMORATIVE Quilt, a book which charts the creation of a triptych quilt made to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the opening and naming of the Redesdale Bridge on January 23, 1868, has been published.

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Volunteering role leads to Clunes councillor move

07-12-2020

COUNCILLOR Tessa Halliday’s infectious smile lights up her face as many locals driving past slow down to wave and chat.

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Punk lives on

07-12-2020

MUSICIAN Steve Douglas has been living in Daylesford with his partner and band mate Stacy Kilpatrick for 16 years. He grew up in the USA but decided to stay here after performing at the Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Music Convention in 2004. Best if Steve describes the circumstance that made him an Daylesford Aussie.

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No picnic at Hanging Rock

07-12-2020

WHEN Dr Amy Spiers, artist, writer and researcher, chose Woodend’s Hanging Rock to study as part of her artistic research into a significant Australian landmark, she had no idea where her work would take her.

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War on waste

07-12-2020

A GROUP of Hepburn Shire residents has recently started their own war on waste - and they're looking for input from the wider community to collaborate and contribute across the shire's communities.

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Just sayin’…

07-12-2020

I MUST say I was pretty surprised to see an email in my inbox saying COVID-19 had been detected in the wastewater of Daylesford.

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Kyle’s rant

07-12-2020

CRUISING around the world on giant cruise ships is my idea of luxe. I am not talking about those boats that have a maze of slides running over the top of them for the kiddies to enjoy or the craft that have a giant ball on the top for the best view.

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Out of the frying pan…into???

07-12-2020

IT'S been an 'unprecedented' year and for most Central Highlands residents it's been one of lockdowns but also open spaces for enjoying masked walks.

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Out of the frying pan…

30-11-2020

IT'S been an 'unprecedented' year and for most Central Highlands residents it's been one of lockdowns but also open spaces for enjoying masked walks. But for some former residents it's been a different year. Some better, some worse. "Out of the frying pan…into ???. In the second of our series, former Daylesford resident Helen Greenwood talks about life in Tasmania with her husband Andy and pooch Chewie.

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Kyle’s Rant

30-11-2020

ANOTHER year is ending, the hint of Christmas is in the air. I can tell by all the sales emails that are pinging into my inbox. What is this Black Friday rubbish that keeps hitting my spam account?

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Just sayin’…

30-11-2020

I WAS watching the news this morning, well not really the news, more morning television with a two-minute bit that calls itself news - with half of that given over to sports.

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Keeping up with the Joneses in Clunes

30-11-2020

MOST people are aware of Clunes’ gold mining history. It was home to Victoria's first registered discovery, made by one William Campbell in 1850. Up to the 1890s, gold powered the town’s growth and gave it many fine buildings which survive relatively intact from ornate public halls to austere worker cottages.

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Principal and staff rise to COVID challenge

30-11-2020

DAYLESFORD Primary School, the oldest and longest running school in the town, has seen a lot of changes in its 155-year history.

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To bee, or not to bee

30-11-2020

BEE friendly. Bee friendly to each other and bee friendly to those busy, buzzing, winged creatures currently swarming in big noisy clumps all around the Central Highlands.

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Vision for sustainable future for Hepburn Shire

30-11-2020

Cr Tim Drylie arrives for his photo shoot in an electric car, which he is using to run test drives as part of the Hepburn Wind EV Bulk Buy. He enthusiastically tells me how he’ll plug it in to the power point when he gets home to recharge it. One of two new councillors for Creswick Ward, he has a vision for a sustainable future for the shire.

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Mayor back at Macedon Ranges

30-11-2020

WEST Ward Cr Jennifer Anderson, inset below, has been elected for a one-year mayoral term with Macedon Ranges Shire Council. It is the fourth time Cr Anderson will serve as mayor, having previously been elected in 2014/15, 2016/17 and 2017/18.

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New mayor for Hepburn Shire

30-11-2020

HEPBURN Shire Council has elected Cr Lesley Hewitt (Birch Ward) and Cr Brian Hood (Coliban Ward) as Mayor and Deputy Mayor.

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Out of the frying pan …into ???

23-11-2020

IT'S been an 'unprecedented' year and for most Central Highlands residents it's been one of lockdowns but also open spaces for enjoying masked walks. But for some former residents it's been a different year. Some better, some worse.

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Ray Spencer – Creswick’s own forestry pioneer

23-11-2020

DR RAY Spencer has worn many hats over the years. A Creswick local, he travelled the world as a forestry and urban planning professional with his young family and later as an internationally renowned forest industry expert.

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Home grown and hand made at Trentham

23-11-2020

IRENE and Andrew Brooks have been at their Trentham East/North Blackwood property for 12 years. In that time they have turned a hectare over to a diversified cultivation of fruit trees and market gardens.

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An Aussie in America

23-11-2020

MELBOURNE is a great place for walking. One thing I loved about the tram network was how much exercise I got from walking all through the city.

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Woodend Warblers back to full rehearsals

23-11-2020

BACK in April 2018 Andrew Price saw a post on the Woodend Community Ponderings Facebook page that piqued his interest. Someone had written: ‘Would like to organise a small singing group – any ponderers who would be interested in coordinating?’

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Council to provide for the needs of community

23-11-2020

JEN Bray is one of the two new councillors for Birch Ward and is well known in the Hepburn Shire for her extensive work on community issues. Her commitment to projects such as the Daylesford Skate Park, festivals, youth, and improving the schools, led to many people encouraging her to run as councillor in the recent elections.

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A bell helps give new life to a Blackwood

23-11-2020

A LINK with one of the world’s most famous bells has been found in the tiny town of Blackwood, a discovery that is now part of its renewal.

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Horsin’ around in the family

16-11-2020

THE Conroy family are well known in the harness racing industry and have run trotting training stables in Daylesford since Bob and Pat Conroy bought a five-hectare bush block south of the town in the 1950s. Up to the time he passed in 2017, Bob was a familiar sight in Hepburn Regional Park where he would often venture to exercise his horses.

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Out to Africa: and now helping from here

16-11-2020

A SHY eight-year-old fights to survive alone on what she can find on a rubbish tip in one of Africa’s poorest nations. Fast forward 11 years and, having aced all her exams, Kadiutu waits to see if she’s off to uni to study business.

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An Aussie in America

16-11-2020

California schemin’ The United States of America staged one of its quaint cultural rituals on November 3. Yanks call it election day, but this iteration of the festival elongated into an election week, with the possibility of it becoming election month looming like a 500-kilogram bull moose in the headlights

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3bears: Just right

16-11-2020

ON A 48-acre farm in Tylden, a small family with a love for country living, ethically grown food and a passion for feeding people, is living their dream. 3bearsfarm is home to Tim, Madeleine and baby Leela along with 300 very happy chooks, a small herd of South Devon cattle and four incredibly loyal alpacas, who not only provide a great source of amusement, but guard the chooks’ mobile caravan with their lives.

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Communication, better performance, Trentham

16-11-2020

With six of the seven councillors recently elected to the Hepburn Shire, being new to the game, a sense of optimism and hope exists for more positive interactions between community and council. This weekly series by Sandy Scheltema will explore the new councillors' hopes and wishes for the shire.

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Newstead Live Music Festival back for 2021

16-11-2020

THE last weekend of January has always been a time to look forward to with the running of the Newstead Live Music Festival. It is a four-day event of folk, roots, Americana and Celtic live music performances, as well as workshops, open mic sessions, spoken word performances and has been a popular fixture in Newstead since 2007.

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Melbourne returns

14-11-2020

With the ring of steel down, Melburnians were keen to get back to the regions including the Central Highlands of Victoria.

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Kyneton Art Group goes online and ‘plein air’

09-11-2020

FOR SOME, living in lockdown due to COVID-19 has been a trying time, but for the members of the Kyneton Art Group there has been an upside. With nowhere to go, no interruptions and time on their hands this has provided the opportunity to paint, draw and produce to their hearts’ delight.

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Clunes history

09-11-2020

THE Independent Order of Rechabites is a fraternal organisation founded in England in 1835. Founded by a group of Methodists in Manchester, its name was lifted from the nomadic, teetotaller Rechabites of the Old Testament.

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Noel shadowing This Farm Needs a Farmer

09-11-2020

ONE day in 2015, Melissa Connors struck up a conversation with retired farmer, the late Noel Jenner, who passed by her property every day. She said how dedicated he was to be walking every day no matter the weather. He said: “I am off the farm now, so what else can I do with my time?”

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Hepburn Shire Council: The tribe has spoken

09-11-2020

CRESWICK Ward's Don Henderson is the only former Hepburn Shire Council councillor to remain standing after the October 2020 election. And four of the new councillors are candidates supported by lobby group Community Voice after agreeing to align with the group's charter.

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Love of all things fishing leads to kids’ club

02-11-2020

FINN Masuda is seven years old and loves fishing. His parents Hiroshi and Meaghan have a video of him, not much more than one year old, trying to take the rod off his dad and have a go by himself.

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Finally, it’s time to smell (and taste) the roses

02-11-2020

MARCH 18, 2020. This date is stamped into many people’s memories as the day everything shut. Among them is Lauren Richardson, grower of edible flowers in Glenlyon.

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Chainsaws v. trees: the Buangor battle continues

02-11-2020

A DAYLESFORD family has been relieved by a court ordering a halt to the chain-sawing of ancient gum trees on the Western Highway.

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Hepburn Shire ready for Melburnians’ return

02-11-2020

CHANGES to parking and pedestrian access in Vincent Street, Daylesford will start this Friday with Melbourne visitors ready to return after the removal of the “ring of steel” on Sunday, November 8.

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The Boathouse puts lake view back on menu

26-10-2020

SLOWLY the region is opening up again and people are heading back to their favourite foodie places – although some, like La Luna Pizzeria, have never stopped offering their fabulous fare!

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Guiding a school in the time of COVID-19

26-10-2020

WITH all students in regional Victoria now back face-to-face, principal of Daylesford College Steve MacPhail reflects on the challenges of guiding his school through months of lockdown and a global pandemic.

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Simple life and ethical farming

26-10-2020

WIFE and husband farming team Catherine Taumoefolau-Evans and Bohdan Evans with their three children Angus, Hepi and Leon, have returned to a simpler life.

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Restoring Park Lake to its former glory

19-10-2020

CRESWICK’S Park Lake Botanical Reserve turns 160 this year, but celebrations are on hold until April 18, 2021.

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The quick brown fox always in Barry’s sights

19-10-2020

BARRY is a skilled shooter. His specialty is eradicating introduced feral animals and he is very good at it. But you won’t find him advertising his work in the paper or online. He prefers to remain anonymous.

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Of fish, massive gold and blackberries: Laurie’s world

19-10-2020

YARNING with Laurie Mitchell starts with the strange disappearance of the name plaque from the Daylesford Angling Club rooms, moves into decades of fishing contests, diverts into a fabulous gold find, and even makes its way to home building a hand-hewn, earthen-floored miner’s hut.

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A life-saving project within your back fence

19-10-2020

A LONG road for a pair of former journalists runs from country Queensland to a nursery at Tylden.

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On becoming a local

05-10-2020

DISCLAIMER: The following is an approximation of actual events, some of which may have occurred as described. My relationship with the folks at The Local was cemented over common interests and a question of propriety.

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Journalist, paperboy… living the dream

05-10-2020

I WAS born in Queensland and came to Victoria as a kid when the family purchased a farm in north east Victoria in the late 70s. Both my parents were into fine art and Dad made a good career out of it. Mum spent her time reading, running a horse stud and breeding cattle.

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Dianne: Really connecting the community

05-10-2020

When Kyle and Donna asked me to write a piece for the 200th edition about how I started working with them, I really didn’t know how I would form the words that would show my appreciation to them both for taking me on as a member of the crew.

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Kate Taylor rocking the look with her awards

05-10-2020

IT ALL started with a pile of rocks that ended in an award. Well, kind of. A few years ago, my husband decided we should go for a drive around Hepburn looking at the old-school drystone walls. I had to try and turn it into something that would interest me – a story. It turned out that they’re actually pretty interesting, as well as being a popular geo-tourism attraction.

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Nick and Lindsay, keeping the typos at bay

05-10-2020

BOTH Melbourne born and bred, in 2007 we decided, like numerous other city slickers before and since, to opt for a tree-change. We moved to Daylesford in early 2008, and met and became friends with Kyle and Donna the same year, through our involvement with the Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre.

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Blizzards, ferret bites, all in a day’s work

05-10-2020

It’s not very often you’ll see an ad saying “Photographer Wanted” but back in May 2015 while reading The Local one magically appeared before my eyes.

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When telling your story is such a joy

05-10-2020

IT MAY be something as superficially simple as the renaming of a creek. Or as sad as the wanton shooting of a pet pig near Wombat State Forest.

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The Local celebrates its 200th edition

05-10-2020

ONE thing the pandemic has done is bring us to Edition 200 much quicker than we had planned.

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Kyle’s Rant

05-10-2020

I HAVE never been one for settling down. The fact I went to 13 schools in my childhood as my father chased the fish might have something to do with that, but I find myself having lived in the Central Highlands for 15 years now.

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Just sayin’…

05-10-2020

BEING the 200th edition I thought I would try to remember how our crew came along. A trip down memory lane, if you will, in no particular order. (It's a bit long so if you get bored feel free to wander off…maybe check out our new website at www.tlnews.com.au)

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Swiss Italian Festa back on track for 2021

28-09-2020

FORMER Australian House of Representatives speaker and Swiss Italian descendant, Anna Burke, has been appointed patron of Hepburn Swiss Italian Festa. The Festa, like most events, has been cancelled for this year but the committee is already busy working on its return in 2021.

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#Geesegate revealed

28-09-2020

THE chase to remove the geese from Lake Daylesford started with an email query from Birch Ward councillor Fiona Robson on January 23, 2019, Freedom of Information documents show.

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Candidates put up their hands

28-09-2020

MORE than 2000 candidates have nominated for 622 council vacancies in 298 separate elections around Victoria next month.

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To market, to market

28-09-2020

YOU can find everything you need at weekend markets, from fresh fruit and veg to handmade jewellery and wares, throughout the Central Highlands and surrounds. Here are just a few.

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Gigs with Darren Lowe

28-09-2020

OKAY, some cautious baby steps, but is there light now appearing? The Guildford Hotel has released some gigs in the upcoming weeks with some restrictions in place, but, for music fans this shouldn’t be an obstacle.

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Just sayin’…

28-09-2020

WHEN I lived in Japan, back in my 20s, Mum used to send me the Women's Weekly's Handy Hints.

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Kyle’s Rant

28-09-2020

WHEN making rules such as mask wearing, the various layers of government must have to apply a “slippage” rate. That is a rate for the 15 per cent of society who are colloquially known as “dipshits”.

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Snakes on the move

28-09-2020

AS THE days become warmer, snakes are starting to emerge from their winter hibernation to bask in the sun and search for food and a mate. Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning Senior Wildlife Management officer Belinda Cant said sunny weather also meant it was more likely people would encounter a snake.

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Social enterprise cafe dropped

21-09-2020

THE total project of The Rex's Hepburn Hub has hit more than $13 million after a shortfall comprised of $221,040 to ensure the building is watertight and another $518,960 "to fund all the works required to complete the project".

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More outdoor dining

21-09-2020

HEPBURN Shire Council is backing its hospitality businesses to adapt to the requirement for more outdoor dining, in areas like Vincent Street, Daylesford (pictured above on Saturday), now COVID-19 restrictions are easing.

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Butch’s model a hit on top auction site

21-09-2020

A MODEL replica of the Glenlyon Shire Hall made by Hepburn’s Butch Tori has sold on prestigious auction site Leonard Joel for $600. The asking price was $200-$300.

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Creswick rental market booming in COVID

14-09-2020

BIGGIN & Scott's Creswick property manager Melissa Johnson said she was finding it hard to keep up with rental enquiries, with a lot coming from Melbourne.

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Working towards a new COVID normal

14-09-2020

REGIONAL Victoria was set to open “imminently”, Daylesford Macedon Tourism CEO Steve Wroe has told The Local.

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Daylesford Post Office – Legends of Lockdown

14-09-2020

LUKE Zu and Steve Mason from Daylesford Post Office are the latest nominations for Legends of Lockdown.

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Come for the house, stay for the community

07-09-2020

ANGELA Flowers says, with a laugh, that when you buy in Clunes you don't just get a house, you get a community.

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Village or suburb? The great real estate debate

07-09-2020

THE much-anticipated after-COVID boom in country living is being seen as both an economic boon and a potential spoiling of the rural joys of places such as Daylesford.

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The tail of three dogs

31-08-2020

WE VERY nearly lost our Scout last week. Scout is a smooth-haired Jack Russell terrier. She came into our lives in 2003 - she was a puppy when we bought her in a pet shop in Woodend.

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Real estate records smashed by keen buyers

31-08-2020

MELBOURNE’S top end is moving to Central Victoria, according to Kim McQueen of McQueen Broadhurst real estate.

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Round two: People v. council over load of rubbish

31-08-2020

FEAR of being sued is a central reason behind the Hepburn Shire Council introducing a 500-metre zone around its old tip in Ajax Road.

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