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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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News Update Better access to kinder

16-05-2022

The state government is giving even more kids and their families the best start in life, with access to funded kindergarten for every Victorian family in 2023.

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More access to sport for kids

16-05-2022

More vouchers for sporting equipment, uniforms and memberships are being made available as state government reduces the cost of getting in the game for thousands of Victorian families.

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More food relief where it’s needed

15-05-2022

The State Labor Government will provide fresh and healthy food with the new Ballarat Foodbank Hub, ensuring food relief gets to the people who need it most.

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Storm Recovery Support

15-05-2022

WORKING TOGETHER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY RECOVERY

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COVID-19 Vaccination Update

15-05-2022

INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVE RECOVERED FROM COVID-19

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Local Lines

15-05-2022

Autumn is here. Days are speedily getting shorter and shorter day by day.

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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

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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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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BURNING OFF

10-05-2022

Did you know that our Local Law states that only dry and dead vegetation can be burnt? This means you cannot burn green garden waste, non-timber based building materials, rubber, plastic, furnishings, carpet, petroleum, oil products, just to name a few. Please be respectful to your neighbours and advise them if you are planning to burn off.

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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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HAVE YOUR SAY

10-05-2022

Along with the sale of The Rex building, Council is also seeking community feedback on a range of topics. These include: Asset Plan – Review Council’s plan on the management of its $440 million of assets in the shire. Submissions are due by 5.00pm on Tuesday 10 May.

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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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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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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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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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Good Neighbour program working

04-05-2022

Extensive weed control works have been conducted along Hickmans Creek near Mt Cole to prevent the spread of invasive plants as part of the Good Neighbour program.

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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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Central Goldfields art gallery to be transformed

03-05-2022

The State Government is revitalising Central Goldfields Art Gallery with major works underway set to transform Maryborough as a must-stop destination for visitors.

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Iconic Sandbelt set for golfing first

03-05-2022

In a world-first for golf, the Men’s and Women’s Australian Opens will be played together on the world-famous Melbourne Sandbelt from 1-4 December, with support from the State Government.

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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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A great school pathway

02-05-2022

The State Government’s new senior secondary school certificates will combine the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) from next year – making sure every young Victorian gets the education they need for the career they want.

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Milking our dairy export for all it’s worth

02-05-2022

The State Government is supporting another local food producer to make new products, boost sales in international markets and respond to supply chain risks.

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New men’s sheds grants

02-05-2022

Today Labor Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford, announced applications have opened for grants through the $1 million men’s sheds program.

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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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Planning at Creswick

28-04-2022

Hepburn Shire Council is embarking on a ambitious strategic planning program that will span across the Shire.

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Month of madness at Kyneton

28-04-2022

Kyneton Town Hall has had a few practice swings, in preparation for its re-opening after two years of closures, but this May it will really come alive, with a ‘Month of Madness’ – a packed program of quality comedy, theatre and music to delight.

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Regional road blitz

28-04-2022

Encouraging young Victorians to pursue a career in the civil construction industry, the state government’s regional road maintenance blitz is making a significant investment into supporting apprentices across the state.

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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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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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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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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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New road campaign

22-04-2022

The Victorian Government has released a new campaign urging motorists to avoid complacency behind the wheel with majority of deaths on Victorian roads caused by simple errors.

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Victorian Disability Awards

22-04-2022

Victorians are encouraged to nominate people who have made an outstanding contribution to making Victoria more inclusive for people with disability for this year’s Victorian Disability Awards.

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Have your say on emissions

22-04-2022

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio has invited Victorians to help shape the state’s interim emissions reduction target for 2035.

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Tick of approval for Gunbower Forest

21-04-2022

Expert ecologists have given the recent Gunbower Forest wetland environmental flow the tick of approval.

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Bringing back bird species

21-04-2022

Bringing the world’s most important bird species back from the brink is a story that belongs on a big screen. And now it is.

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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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News Update Place for hope

19-04-2022

The state government is delivering a place to honour those who have lost their lives to family violence and all victim survivors who have suffered unimaginable trauma.

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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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Funding for schools

19-04-2022

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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Science research organisation in Melbourne

18-04-2022

The largest scientific research organisation in Europe has established its Oceania office in Melbourne, an acknowledgement of the state’s outstanding industry, research and higher education capabilities.

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More holidays for seniors

18-04-2022

Having a holiday just got easier for older Victorians with a further 10,000 vouchers awarded as part of the popular Seniors Travel Voucher scheme.

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Glen, about the house

16-04-2022

Glen, about the house

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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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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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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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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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New Strike Teams to fight crime

09-04-2022

Federal Police have a new weapon in the fight on organised crime – with the federal government funding new elite Strike Teams to target the criminals who bring drugs, weapons and violence into Australian communities.

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Support for older residents to stay in their homes

09-04-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is holding free information sessions for older people, their families and carers about Commonwealth Home Support Programme services across the shire during April and May.

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Waterbirds on the increase

09-04-2022

The diversity and numbers of waterbirds breeding and feeding across the North Central region’s wetlands continued to rise this season, thanks to the Victorian environmental watering program.

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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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Frontline for biosecurity risks on farms

08-04-2022

Grain Biosecurity Officers (GBO’s) are at the frontline of protecting Australia’s $18 billion grains industry by helping growers manage biosecurity risks at a farm and industry level.

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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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Rabbit woes?

08-04-2022

Are rabbits a problem in your garden or small land holding? Would you like to know more about best practice rabbit control in regional communities?

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Desexing pets to improve animal welfare

08-04-2022

The Victorian Government is supporting councils and not-for-profit organisations to desex thousands of dogs and cats to improve animal welfare outcomes and reduce the number of unwanted pets.

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Zero Emissions Vehicle subsidy uptake

07-04-2022

Thousands of Victorians are saving up to $500 a month on fuel costs after taking advantage of the Zero Emissions Vehicle subsidy.

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Accessible information & support is critical for the wellbeing of Australians with IBD 

07-04-2022

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects around 100,000 Australians – that’s 1 in every 250 people living with chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. With no cure for the disease, access to relevant and up-to-date information, and a strong support network to manage this chronic illness, are vital.  

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Youth festival in September

07-04-2022

The Victorian Youth Fest 2022 will be a month-long celebration for young people in September.

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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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New strategy for family growth

06-04-2022

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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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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New riverside camping sites online

06-04-2022

The first of hundreds of new riverside camping spots are now online with the hundreds more of the Croown Land sites to be added progressively in the coming weeks.

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Help for pregnant women

06-04-2022

Dozens of vulnerable pregnant women experiencing homelessness or insecure housing are being given access to a safe place to live and valuable support though maternity and early parenting services.

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Man United coming to Melbourne

05-04-2022

English Premier League club Manchester United is headed for Melbourne this July as part of a two-match tour.

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Japanese encephalitis update

Agriculture Victoria is working closely with both the pig and horse industries in response to Japanese encephalitis.

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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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Listening to veterans

05-04-2022

Minister for Veterans Shaun Leane has asked the Victorian Veterans Council to commission the third Veterans Sector Study, an assessment of the needs and priorities of veterans and their families, as well as the ex-service and community organisations that support them.

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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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REIV wants fairness and transparency

04-04-2022

The Real Estate Institute of Victoria (REIV) is calling for full sales price disclosure, standardised residential sales contracts, identity verification of buyers and sellers and the same price estimation standards that apply to estate agents, to be enforced for all residential sales.  

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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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Money for emergency groups

04-04-2022

The state government has announced the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Program (VESEP) is open for applications.

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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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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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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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To market, to market

31-03-2022

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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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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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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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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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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School redevelopment complete

27-03-2022

Students at Bendigo’s Kalianna School are now making use of modern new classrooms and facilities, with the state government’s huge redevelopment of the specialist school complete.

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Keeping kids active

25-03-2022

Community sport is now more accessible for Victorian parents wanting their kids to get active as the state government helps reduce out-of-pocket expenses for thousands of families.

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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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Boost for plant based meat

23-03-2022

The state government is backing a processing facility in western Victoria to become one of Australia’s newest producers of plant-based meat, while boosting local jobs.

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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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Supporting the arts and recovery

23-03-2022

The federal government continues to support the recovery of the arts and entertainment sector in Ballarat with $85,000 awarded to Regent Cinema Central Ballarat under the $20 million Supporting Cinemas’ Retention Endurance and Enhancement of Neighbourhoods (SCREEN) Fund.

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Support for carers

22-03-2022

The state government is boosting support for Victoria’s three-quarters of a million unpaid carers who selflessly look after loved ones.

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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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Tourism wins for Victoria

21-03-2022

Victoria and its iconic tourism accommodation, attractions and experiences have been recognised at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, with the state taking home eleven honours.

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New school opens

21-03-2022

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson has joined students and staff members at Iona College Geelong to open a new secondary school funded by the federal government.

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Share the fruit not the flies

20-03-2022

Share the overflow of fruit and vegetables from your garden with neighbours in jams or sauces this autumn and reduce the risk of spreading Queensland fruit fly (QFF).

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Trades to teaching

20-03-2022

The state government is helping hundreds of industry experts upskill to become TAFE teachers under an incentive program that is bringing extensive industry experience into classrooms across the state.

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Funding for at risk youth

20-03-2022

The federal government is delivering an extra $50 million under round six of the Safer Communities Fund to improve community safety and help divert local at-risk youth from a life of crime.

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Solar for Aboriginal community groups

19-03-2022

The state government is supporting self-determination and economic independence by putting renewable energy projects directly in the hands of Aboriginal community groups across Victoria.

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White Night back in September

19-03-2022

White Night will return to Bendigo on 3 September this year, with tens of thousands of locals and visitors expected to attend the event and provide a significant boost to tourism businesses.

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Redress for women

Victorian women who had their children taken from them under heartbreaking historic forced adoption practices will receive redress, counselling and formal apologies from the Victorian Government.

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Apology for forced adoption

17-03-2022

Victorian women who had their children taken from them under heartbreaking historic forced adoption practices will receive redress, counselling and formal apologies from the Victorian Government.

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Help for diversity in sports

16-03-2022

Sporting clubs and physical activity-based community groups across the Macedon Ranges are being given the opportunity to be active allies for diversity and inclusion, and create clubs that are welcoming and safe for everyone.

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Simple, easy, power

16-03-2022

GENERATORS have been lifesavers in the Central Highlands over the past few years as the electricity grid reliability has deteriorated, culminating in the period after the 2021 storms where many people were without power for days.

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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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The Proms

15-03-2022

The Daylesford Community Brass Band and U3A Hepburn Shire will present an evening of English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music based on the BBC's popular annual Proms celebrations, on Saturday, April 30 in Daylesford Town Hall.

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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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New look for water fountains

12-03-2022

Choose Tap drinking water fountains located around Lake Wendouree, and in the surrounding Botanical Gardens, have taken on a new look in time for this year’s Ballarat Begonia Festival.

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Protect paddock trees when burning

12-03-2022

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is asking all landowners to take the necessary steps to protect paddock trees when burning stubble on their properties.

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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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Supporting events

10-03-2022

The state government is supporting multicultural and multifaith communities to reconnect, celebrate and share their culture through community festivals and events.

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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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Supporting stolen generations to heal

10-03-2022

The state government has unveiled its landmark Stolen Generations Reparations Package, recognising the lasting suffering caused by the forced removal of Aboriginal children from their families.

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Funding for wildlife carers

07-03-2022

Local wildlife shelters and carers across Macedon will benefit from grants of up to $3000 thanks to the Victorian Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants program.

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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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Great day at Woodend

05-03-2022

WOODEND Hanging Rock Petanque Club and Woodend Pony Club are again running a great day for the family at the old Woodend Racecourse in Forest Street, showcasing a wide range of fabulous activities and products available in and around Woodend.

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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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Wattleseed Ensemble

05-03-2022

New Melbourne-based crossover group Wattleseed Ensemble is proudly presented by the Anglican Parish of Daylesford on Saturday, March 19 at 3pm for the opening concert of their debut tour, HOME.

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Fire & wood

04-03-2022

Creswick and Ballan are among a number of regional fire stations to receive new dual cab tankers, replacing single-cab tankers and allowing the entire crew to sit in the cabin.

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LGBTIQA+ grants

04-03-2022

Organisations and groups who serve Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer communities will be able to apply for further funding to help them grow, as part of a new round of grants for LGBTIQ+ groups.

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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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Goldacres training day

03-03-2022

THE Blampied/Kooroocheang Landcare Group held a training day recently after buying a new spray unit from Goldacres.

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Virtual reality unit

03-03-2022

The Community Bank Daylesford District has provided funding for Central Highlands Rural Health’s Social Connectivity project which aims to support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of residents through a virtual reality unit.

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LGBTIQA+ at Birds of a Feather lunch

03-03-2022

A panel of diverse guests will discuss all manner of topics at next week’s Birds of a Feather lunch in Kyneton.

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Art therapy specialist for kids in Kyneton

02-03-2022

A NEW Kyneton-based art therapy specialist is opening her doors to kids in an effort to help them cope with everything from ADHD, to anxiety, autism, and much more.

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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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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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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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Recovery for hospitality

27-02-2022

The state government is helping the hospitality industry recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19, with new alcohol-related safety measures and liquor reforms coming into effect next month.

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Helping more asylum seekers and refugees into jobs

25-02-2022

The State Government has expanded its unique program for asylum seekers and refugees, allowing even more new arrivals to access free and subsidised skills and training to help them build happy and healthy lives in Victoria.

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Land Returned To Dja Dja Wurrung Traditional Owners

26-02-2022

The long-standing dream of a Dja Dja Wurrung cultural centre is a step closer with the official handover of a key site by the State Government to the Traditional Owners.

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Building a secure future Social housing

26-02-2022

The State Government is delivering a stronger and more sustainable social and affordable housing sector, while creating thousands of jobs and putting a roof over the head of people who need it most.

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Unemployment rate lowest on record

26-02-2022

Victoria’s unemployment rate is at the lowest level since records began in 1978, with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today confirming the state’s unemployment rate had fallen to 4.1 per cent.

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Improving boating facilities

26-02-2022

Up to $2 million in funding will be made available for boat ramp managers to undertake significant structural maintenance, making getting out on the water easier for all Victorians.

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Library on the lawn

25-02-2022

Library on the Lawn Festival, an end of summer event program hosted by State Library Victoria, returns bigger and better this month with a huge line-up of free activities and entertainment for Victorians of all ages.

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Road rule refresher

25-02-2022

As more Victorians return to the roads, a new road rule education tool has launched online to help everyone brush up on their road safety knowledge.

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Giving clubs a sporting chance

25-02-2022

Victorian community sports clubs are being encouraged to register as an activity provider to make it more affordable for families across the state to get into community sport.

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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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Victorian Biosecurity Reference Group appointed

24-02-2022

Helping to strengthen Victoria’s biosecurity system for the future will be the key focus of the inaugural Victorian Biosecurity Reference Group when it meets for the first-time next month.

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Women in sports media

24-02-2022

Women looking for a career in sports broadcasting will receive professional development and training to elevate their voices in the industry, thanks to the State.

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Sunshine supercharged

24-02-2022

Sunshine Station will be expanded to add a new regional platform by 2029, as part of its transformation into a transport superhub and the key connection point for the regions, Melbourne CBD and the airport.

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Expert voices to oversee the pandemic response

24-02-2022

The Minister for Health has today appointed a panel of independent experts to provide oversight and advice as part of Australia’s most transparent and accountable pandemic management framework.

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Funding for rainbow groups

23-02-2022

Organisations and groups who serve Victoria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer communities will be able to apply for further funding to help them grow, as part of a new round of grants for LGBTIQ+ groups.

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Securing our wood supply

23-02-2022

The federal government will invest more than $86 million over five years to support the establishment of new plantations to lock-in future wood supply.

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Independent voices to oversee the pandemic response

22-02-2022

The Minister for Health has today appointed a panel of independent experts to provide oversight and advice as part of Australia’s most transparent and accountable pandemic management framework.

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Regional bid for the 2026 Commonwealth games

22-02-2022

The Victorian Government has signed a Heads of Agreement with the Commonwealth Games Federation and Commonwealth Games Australia to enter exclusive negotiations to bring the 2026 Commonwealth Games to the state – with a vision to deliver a model of Games unprecedented in the competition’s history.

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Hundreds more Hospo jobs

22-02-2022

More jobs are on the menu for Victorians looking for work in the hospitality sector, as the Andrews Labor Government boosts the number of workers in our pubs, restaurants and cafes.

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Healthy Rivers grants creating a healthier Mallee

22-02-2022

The Australian Government has announced more successful grant recipients under the $20 million Murray–Darling Healthy Rivers Program, which is helping Basin communities to get out on the ground and restore their rivers and wetlands.

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Money for boaties

21-02-2022

Up to $2 million in funding will be made available for boat ramp managers to undertake significant structural maintenance, making getting out on the water easier for all Victorians.

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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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Caro at Convent

20-02-2022

WALKLEY Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator Jane Caro will be at The Convent in Daylesford on Saturday, March 5.

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Nathan is getting ready to ChillOut

19-02-2022

WITH just a month to go, ChillOut director Emma Ireland chatted with ChillOut ambassador ABC weather reporter Nate Byrne.

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Repair Cafe heads to Glenlyon

19-02-2022

THE Daylesford Repair Cafe is heading to Glenlyon and joining up with Hepburn Seed Savers. The two groups will be at the old CFA building, behind the Glenlyon Hall on Sunday, February 20 from 1pm to 4pm.

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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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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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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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Making it easier to work in Victoria

12-02-2022

Tradies and licensed professionals will find it easier than ever to work in South Australia and 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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Improving lives and livelihoods

14-02-2022

The State Government is providing a boost for regional builders during the pandemic through public housing works that have created thousands of local jobs right across the state.

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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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More international feature films

14-02-2022

The State Government has attracted production of another highly anticipated international feature film, showcasing the state’s exceptional facilities and destinations while bringing jobs to Victoria’s creative industry.

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Avon Plains are tackling their rabbit numbers

13-02-2022

Agriculture Victoria Biosecurity Officers are undertaking property inspections in the Avon Plains area to support the Avon Plains-Banyena Landcare Group and broader community with rabbit management.

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Parenting support for culturally and linguistically diverse families

13-02-2022

The Federal Government is supporting culturally and linguistically diverse Australians in the Geelong area to adapt to parenting in Australia and give their children the best start in life.

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Shooting clubs take aim at grants

13-02-2022

The State Government is supporting sports shooting clubs to nurture local talents and attract big events.

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New homes and jobs for Victoria

13-02-2022

The State Government is providing new grants to local councils that will speed up the delivery of residential land − driving urban growth, jobs and development.

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New Primary school for Gisborne

12-02-2022

Families in the south of Gisborne now have more options for a great education close to home thanks to the State Government, with the brand-new Willowbank Primary School’s doors now open to students.

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Support for low-emissions timber in construction

12-02-2022

The Federal Government is increasing support for construction businesses to use low‑carbon timber and deliver jobs in our forest industries.

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Grants open for soil carbon measurement projects

12-02-2022

Grants of between $100,000 and $20 million are now open for innovators for projects to lower the cost of measuring carbon stored in soil.

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Power saving bonus extended

12-02-2022

The State Government is extending its $250 Power Saving Bonus payment by five months until 30 June this year to support more vulnerable households doing it tough with energy bills.

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Putting wetlands in the spotlight

11-02-2022

Wetlands from around the world were in the spotlight for World Wetlands Day this week, highlighting the importance of this unique natural environment to the local community.

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Securing RATS

11-02-2022

The Victorian Government is supporting local manufacturing of Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to help secure critical supplies for the state and create more local jobs in our thriving medical technology sector.

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Grants for sports clubs

11-02-2022

Community sport and active recreation clubs nurturing and promoting opportunities for women and girls, on and off the field, are again eligible for funding from the State Government.

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Rent relief for businesses

11-02-2022

The Victorian Government has introduced new regulations under the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme to support small and family businesses experiencing financial hardship due to the latest wave of the pandemic.

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Making bus travel easier for cyclists

10-02-2022

Cyclists can soon bring their bicycles when travelling on local bus routes in Bendigo, Castlemaine, and Heathcote, thanks to the extension of the State Government's Bikes on Buses initiative.

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Regional road maintenance blitz

10-02-2022

Thousands of kilometres of roads across regional Victoria have been made safer and more reliable as the State Government's annual road maintenance blitz reaches its halfway mark.

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IMPROVING CONNECTIVITY

10-02-2022

Victorians have voiced their need for better mobile and broadband connections to improve economic growth and community safety.

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Record $50 Million for Koalas and long-term protection

10-02-2022

The Federal Government has announced a record $50 million package for Koalas that will improve the health outcomes of the species, extend long-term monitoring and restore and preserve critical habitat.

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Scholarships for regional students available in 2022

09-02-2022

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said more than 1000 eligible students from regional and remote Australia will have access to a scholarship worth up to $18,000 to support their tertiary education in 2022.

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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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Blooming good work during Covid crisis

08-02-2022

STAFF working in clinics and hospitals have received plenty of well-earned praise, but those trying to offer both vaccines, medication and advice, pharmacies, are also in the firing line.

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Bendigo Airport expansion takes off

06-02-2022

The Liberal and Nationals 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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Keeping workers safe

06-02-2022

Given the current rate of COVID-19 hospitalisations and cases, a number of important but proportionate changes will be introduced to further protect our highest-risk health care and hospitality settings – and key workforces – from the risk of outbreaks and super-spreader events.

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Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival

06-02-2022

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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New CFA heavy tankers

05-02-2022

Victorian workers are putting the final touches on the first of a brand-new fleet of Country Fire Authority tankers, providing our volunteer firefighters with the latest equipment they need to help keep communities safe.

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Changing places

05-02-2022

Travelling to places such as the iconic Great Ocean Road will become easier for people with disability, with Victoria’s network of accessible restrooms set to grow.

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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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Commercial tenancy support extended

05-02-2022

The Victorian Government will extend the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme (CTRS), providing rent relief and protections for commercial tenants and landlords experiencing hardship through the latest wave of the pandemic.

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Ararat Library reaches out

04-02-2022

The State Government is continuing to support the Ararat Rural City Council better serve the local community.

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Listening to tomorrow’s leaders today

04-02-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is looking for young people aged 15-25 who live, work or study in the Macedon Ranges to get involved in the recently revamped “Youth Ambassador Program”.

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Safer entrance project delivered for Bannockburn

04-02-2022

A $3.2 million investment by the Morrison Government in road safety in Bannockburn is now complete, delivering benefits for 10,000 daily road users, pedestrians and cyclists.

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Recycling investment for regional Victoria

04-02-2022

The State Government is making a game-changing investment in regional recycling infrastructure, creating local circular economies and regional jobs.

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IVF procedures to resume

03-02-2022

Following advice from the Chief Health Officer, in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures suspended as part of the temporary changes to protect our hospitals will recommence, to help support Victorians who are wanting to start or grow their family.

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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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Big boost to tackle pest and weeds

03-02-2022

On-ground management of problematic pests and weeds will see a significant boost through an Australian Government investment of $20 million, matched by state and territory governments, to maximise reduction and prevention activities across the country.

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Recycling transformation

03-02-2022

The Federal Government’s transformation of Australia’s recycling sector steps up another gear with the Australian and Victorian Governments jointly announcing 13 new projects that will see 136,000 tonnes of plastics, paper, glass and tyres made into new products while creating new jobs and new investment in the Victorian economy.

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EOI for new mental health board

02-02-2022

The State Government has today opened expressions of interest for the governance board of the groundbreaking new Victorian Collaborative Centre for Mental Health and Wellbeing – a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

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Get your third dose

02-02-2022

The Victorian Government will again help more nurses, teachers, ambos, police, firefighters and other public sector workers get vaccinated sooner, offering paid time off to make it as easy as possible for them to get their crucial third dose.

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Jump in the job pool

02-02-2022

The State Government is helping schools stay open safely and reducing disruption to students’ learning, with a staffing pool to fill COVID-related vacancies in Victorian government schools at short notice.

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Keeping schools open

02-02-2022

As students, staff and families across Victoria prepare for the beginning of the school year, the Victorian Government is making sure school and early childhood education is as safe as possible in 2022 – with a full suite of COVIDSafe measures to protect communities and minimise disruption to learning.

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Planting roots

01-02-2022

While being green is perceived by some to be more costly, more than half of Australian businesses (55%) are confident that implementing these initiatives will increase their profitability in 2022 – a belief that shopper sentiment seems to support.

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The role of technology in empowering us

01-02-2022

Australian consumers and business leaders are open to using technology to become more sustainable (61% and 72%, respectively). The majority of consumers who make efforts to track their carbon footprint or sustainable behaviour do so via technology such as apps or wearables (84%), while a quarter (25%) said they would purchase more products and services from brands that allowed them to track their carbon consumption.

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Small businesses are taking on the climate crisis

01-02-2022

While often lacking the resources of larger organisations, Australia’s small businesses appear to be taking meaningful action when it comes operating sustainably.

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A new era of sustainability

01-02-2022

A new era of sustainability is rising, and consumers are increasingly motivated to be more environmentally conscious and are exercising their power and voice through the products they buy.

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Breakfast with the Birds

31-01-2022

North Central Catchment Management Authority’s Breakfast with the Birds is back for another year.

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Putting more food on the shelves

31-01-2022

The Victorian Government is helping to keep supermarket shelves stocked by linking thousands of jobseekers with food suppliers to reduce critical workforce shortages.

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Giving water quality a boost

31-01-2022

Water for the environment is being used to improve water quality in lower parts of the Campaspe River, and help native fish and platypus move up and down the waterway.

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Managing Covid at home

31-01-2022

Victorians who have mild COVID-19 symptoms are being encouraged to recover safely at home, with a new campaign being launched today to highlight the support available for those who are slightly unwell.

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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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Food on its way

30-01-2022

The Victorian Government is ensuring those who are doing it tough during the pandemic can continue putting a meal on the table, with funding to deliver food to Victorians who need it most.

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Agricultural health and safety

29-01-2022

Do you know a Victorian secondary school that would be interested in free agricultural health and safety training for students?

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Jobs in our backyards

29-01-2022

An uncertain job market and the inability to travel overseas has led to a decline in high school graduates participating in a “gap year.” But there’s plenty of opportunity for growth and experiences right here in our own backyard.

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Local tourism business insights

29-01-2022

Do you run a local tourism business and want to learn more about the eight types of customers that visit our region?  If so, this is an opportunity not to be missed. 

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COMMISSIONER APPOINTED

27-01-2022

Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner will champion local businesses and workers getting roles in the state’s big infrastructure, manufacturing and services projects.

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More mental health help

28-01-2022

The federal government is investing a further $44 million to increase access and reduce wait times at headspace services for young people aged 12 to 25 years.

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New Local Jobs commissioner

28-01-2022

Victoria’s new Local Jobs First Commissioner will champion local businesses and workers getting roles in the state’s big infrastructure, manufacturing and services projects.

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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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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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ADF high-tech training

25-01-2022

The Morrison Government has signed a $5.13 million contract with Deakin University to continue its development of a cutting-edge augmented and virtual naval firefighting system for the Australian Defence Force.

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Historical societies receive a boost

26-01-2022

Community museums, galleries and historical societies across regional Australia are receiving an important boost under the Federal Government’s $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program, with the first batch of successful applicants announced.

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Helping tourism

25-01-2022

The state government is backing Victoria’s tourism industry with up to $8 million available to help plan and develop new attractions to encourage more visitors to the state.

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Better Kindergartens

25-01-2022

The State Government is supporting kindergartens in Macedon to help plan their future infrastructure projects, creating extra places for three- and four-year-old children in growing areas across the state.

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Queenscliff Ferry Terminal sailing ahead

25-01-2022

The $15.9 million redevelopment of the Queenscliff Ferry Terminal is taking shape with the foundations and cement poured for the ground floor and level one.

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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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New Robbie Williams biopic

23-01-2022

Thousands of Victorian creatives will soon be working on the set of the new Robbie Williams biopic Better Man, which will begin filming in Victoria early 2022.

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Arts and culture in regional Victoria

22-01-2022

Arts and culture fans in regional Victoria will experience world-class performances in their local venues and see local productions brought to life, backed by new support from the state government.

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Better recycling

22-01-2022

The Victorian Government has introduced new measures to strengthen the state’s waste and recycling sector to deliver new services such as the container deposit scheme and four bin recycling system.

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Survey on cosmetic surgeon meaning

22-01-2022

All Australians will be invited to take part in a national consultation on the use of the title “surgeon” by medical practitioners, with Victoria leading the way.

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Rabbit action

21-01-2022

The Victorian Rabbit Action Network (VRAN) held its Annual General Meeting on 29 November 2021.

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Work on coastal dunes

21-01-2022

The federal government is delivering on its commitment to protect coastal dunes along the Bellarine Peninsula at risk from erosion while restoring the precious habitat that supports native species like the white footed dunnart and Southern brown bandicoot.

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VicEmergency website improvements

20-01-2022

A series of improvements will be made to the VicEmergency website, app and social media channels from this week, in line with a national approach to emergency information and warnings.

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Managing dairy effluent

20-01-2022

Agriculture Victoria has developed informative and useful online resources to assist dairy farmers to manage the dairy effluent on their farms.

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RENOVATION SALE

19-01-2022

COMPLETE DISPERSAL FLOOR STOCK All prices reduced by 1/3 and some by 50%Open 5 Sundays in January 2022.12 noon to 5pm.

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Pension Loans Scheme rebranded

13-01-2022

The federal government is rebranding the Pension Loans Scheme to be known as the Home Equity Access Scheme and reducing the interest rate from 4.50 per cent to 3.95 per cent per annum.

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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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A marathon protest

18-01-2022

In our August 2, 2021 edition we reported on a marathon run to protest the Western Victorian Transmission Network project. The protests continue...

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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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Three new national parks

18-01-2022

n our July 5, 2021 edition we reported on new national parks for the region. THREE new national parks will be created either side of Ballarat, and north-east of Bendigo, adding 65,106 hectares to Australia's national park register.

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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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Growing all sorts of heirloom veggies, herbs and berries

17-01-2022

MT Franklin Organics is a small certified organic farm on the eastern slopes of Lalgambook (Mt Franklin) now in its 12th year.

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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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Better forestry for Victoria

13-01-2022

The state government is strengthening the Victorian Forestry Plan, with new support for the timber industry and enhanced environmental protections as the state transitions away from native timber harvesting.

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Now is the time to target rabbits

16-01-2022

Agriculture Victoria and the Victorian Rabbit Action Network is encouraging landowners to get together with their neighbours to plan a rabbit control program, with summer and early autumn the best time reduce local rabbit populations.

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Grants now available for food and beverage manufacturers

16-01-2022

From today, small and medium food and beverage manufacturers in can apply for a grant of up to $25,000 each to save money on energy bills, improve energy efficiency and adopt new energy technologies under the latest $19.9 million round of the Energy Efficient Communities (EEC) program.

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Australia day 2022 program

15-01-2022

Victorians will be able to enjoy a wide range of free, inclusive, accessible events as part of the newly released Australia Day 2022 program.

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Protect the state this fire season

15-01-2022

Aboriginal Victorians are among those donning the greens in new jobs to prepare the state for this fire season as part of the State Government employment program.

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Storm and Flood Recovery Support

15-01-2022

Support is still available for residents affected by the storms and floods that impacted homes and businesses across Victoria in June 2021, and financial counsellors are urging residents to put their hands up for assistance.

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Fast facts on the grazing value of summer weeds

15-01-2022

An informative article ‘Grazing value of summer weeds’ has been published in Spring Sheep Notes 2021, looking into the nutritional value of sheep eating weeds during the summer season.

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WE WANT YOU!

14-01-2022

We want you - MORE VACCINATORS FOR OUR STATE-RUN SYSTEM

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Funding boost for frontline family, domestic and sexual violence services

14-01-2022

Funding boost for frontline family, domestic and sexual violence services

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Supporting Victoria’s Agricultural Shows

14-01-2022

Applications under round two of the Coalition Government’s Supporting Agricultural Shows and Field Days program will open on 28 January 2022.

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REDUCING POWERLINE BUSHFIRE RISK TO COMMUNITIES

The State Government’s Powerline Bushfire Safety Program has led to a huge reduction in bushfire risk according to an independent report.

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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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Morrison Government delivering for regional arts and entertainment

11-01-2022

As Australia’s arts and entertainment sector continues to recover from COVID-19, two arts organisations in Ballarat have been awarded a share of more than $19.5 million, under the sixth batch of grants from the Morrison Government’s $200 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

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SNEAK PEEK INSIDE THE THREE-YEAR-OLD KINDER KIT SURPRISE

11-01-2022

Tens of thousands of children across Victoria starting Three-Year-Old Kinder in 2022 will receive a free Kinder Kit from the Andrews Labor Government, with fun and educational toys, books and resources for the whole family.

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Federal Preparing Australian Communities funding for community groups

11-01-2022

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is encouraging eligible community groups to apply for a federal Preparing Australian Communities - Local Stream Program grant.

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NEW CFA UNIFORMS SUPPORTING LOCAL BENDIGO JOBS

11-01-2022

Victoria’s hardworking Country Fire Authority (CFA) will have a new locally produced uniform, proudly made in country Victoria.

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CELEBRATING THE CLASS OF 2021

11-01-2022

The wait is finally over for almost 65,000 VCE and VCAL students across Victoria, with the release of results and Australian Tertiary Admission Rankings (ATAR) this morning.

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Celebrating Macedon Ranges Seniors

10-01-2022

The Victorian Seniors Festival theme ‘Keep’n On’, recognised the resilience of senior Victorians.

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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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EVEN BETTER CARE FOR OUR COMPANION ANIMALS

10-01-2022

The State Government is supporting more Victorian pet owners to have better access to veterinary and rehoming services across the state.

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HAVE YOUR SAY ON BLACK FOREST DRIVE

09-01-2022

The Macedon Ranges community will soon have the opportunity to provide more feedback on proposed improvements to Black Forest Drive at in-person listening sessions.

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BREAKTHROUGH FUNDING TO BOOST BIOTECH START-UPS

09-01-2022

Biotech start-ups in Melbourne are set to benefit from a new incubator in Parkville thanks to a substantial investment from the State Government’s Breakthrough Victoria Fund.

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BIG BOOST TO OFFSHORE WIND TO DRIVE JOBS

09-01-2022

The State Government is further cementing Victoria’s status as the clean energy capital of Australia, with a funding boost of $40 million for offshore wind projects to drive jobs and bring forward the next wave of renewable energy opportunities.

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The Murmuring Walk soundscape

09-01-2022

Be among the first to experience ‘Murmuring Walk’, a sublime audio guided experience inspired by the environment and the birdlife inhabiting the lush bush surrounds of Sanatorium Lake, Mount Macedon.

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Child friendly vaccinations

08-01-2022

State-run vaccination sites across Victoria are being transformed into an Australian-themed ‘forest of protection’ creating a friendly environment for children aged 5 to 11 years to receive their vaccination.

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Masterplan for Hanging Rock

08-01-2022

The state government has released a draft masterplan for Victoria’s iconic Hanging Rock precinct that will ensure the area’s environmental and cultural assets are protected.

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VICTORIAN COUNCIL RATE CAP SET FOR NEXT FINANCIAL YEAR

08-01-2022

A new rate cap of 1.75 per cent has been set for all Victorian councils for the 2022/23 financial year, to help ease cost of living pressures for Victorians.

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A BOOST FOR SEASONAL WORKFORCE THIS HARVEST

07-01-2022

The State Government is backing farm businesses and workers across the state with improved training, skills development and additional support services to manage their peak harvest season.

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JOINT THIRD-DOSE VAX BLITZ PROTECTING VICTORIANS

Local sports clubs, youth groups and culturally and linguistically diverse communities are among more than 200 community organisations joining forces as part of a summer blitz to get Victorians vaccinated with their third COVID-19 dose.

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LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT FOR VICTORIAN HOSPITALS

07-01-2022

The State Government is ensuring our public hospitals have the latest life-saving medical equipment and vital engineering infrastructure they need to continue providing world-class healthcare for all Victorians.

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BOOSTING VICTORIANS’ SAFETY OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON

07-01-2022

To put us in the best position to respond to Omicron, Victoria will expand its vaccination booster program to deliver up to 300,000 doses a week, support GPs and pharmacies to deliver even more, and take steps to ensure the community’s safety over the holidays with updated mask rules to protect Victorians.

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A BOOST FOR SEASONAL WORKFORCE THIS HARVEST

06-01-2022

The State Government is backing farm businesses and workers across the state with improved training, skills development and additional support services to manage their peak harvest season.

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A SIMPLE ‘PAUSE’ MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE

06-01-2022

Victorians are being urged to be well rested and take breaks when traveling over the festive period, as many people prepare to take summer road trips for the first time in two years.

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Be UV aware and help turn the tide on skin cancer

06-01-2022

A $10 million national awareness campaign will hit iconic Australian beaches this summer to remind Australians to be UV aware and stay safe in the sun in 2022. The campaign is part of a $20 million Australian Government investment over the next two years in skin cancer awareness activities.

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Strong profits help farmers prepare for the future

06-01-2022

Victoria’s livestock producers have recorded some of their best profit performances in almost 20 years and are using the good times to prepare for the future.

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BOOSTING VICTORIANS’ SAFETY OVER THE FESTIVE SEASON

05-01-2022

To put us in the best position to respond to Omicron, Victoria will expand its vaccination booster program to deliver up to 300,000 doses a week, support GPs and pharmacies to deliver even more, and take steps to ensure the community’s safety over the holidays with updated mask rules to protect Victorians.

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GRANTS TO DRIVE ZERO EMISSIONS FUTURE

05-01-2022

Victorian business and industry will be encouraged to help kickstart investment in Zero Emissions Vehicles and reduce the transport sector’s carbon footprint as part of a plan to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

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STATEWIDE ROLLOUT OF CONDUCTED ENERGY DEVICES FOR POLICE

05-01-2022

All Victorian frontline police and Protective Services Officers will be equipped with conducted energy devices to help them safely respond to violent offenders and keep the community safe.

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BACKING WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH INTO COVID-19 TREATMENTS

05-01-2022

The State Government is backing Victorian research into new coronavirus treatment, including a nasal spray medication that envelops the virus and reduces household transmission

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MORE FOOD RELIEF FOR THOSE IN NEED

04-01-2022

The State Government is ensuring more food relief is available for Victorian families during the Christmas period with the delivery of an extra 220,000 meals through community food relief programs.

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ANOTHER STEP FORWARD FOR CRESWICK TRAILS

04-01-2022

Hepburn Shire Council last night issued a Notice of Decision to grant a planning permit for construction of 60 km of mountain bike trails as part of the Creswick Trails Network.

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Council awards Trentham Community Hub contract

04-01-2022

Construction of a community hub at Trentham will start next year, with Hepburn Shire Council last night awarding a contract to Ballarat-based builder S J Weir.

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JOIN A LGBTIQA+ ADVISORY COMMITTEE

04-01-2022

Council is establishing an LGBTIQA+ Advisory Committee to provide it with advice on programs and services to improve inclusion throughout the Shire and nominations are now open.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO COMMUNITY GRANTS RECIPIENTS

03-01-2022

Hepburn Shire Council will support nine local groups to deliver a variety of projects as part of the latest round of Council’s Community Grants.

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New interactive website to help manage widespread pests in Victoria

03-01-2022

A new free and accessible website has been launched to assist land managers, pest controllers and community groups to manage rabbits, gorse and serrated tussock on their properties.

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BOOST FOR DENTAL CATCH-UP CARE

03-01-2022

The State Government is ensuring that more Victorians are getting the dental care they need, where they live – with more “catch-up” care beginning in January.

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Keeping pets cool in summer can save lives

03-01-2022

RSPCA Victoria says pets should never be left in hot cars

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Treading the Path of the Horse

01-01-2022

HUMANS and horses as a species have been intertwined for nearly 6000 years and it has been for the most part, a relationship built on necessity.

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Recreational fishing tourism strategy

30-12-2021

The State Government has released its Victorian Recreational Fishing Tourism Strategy showcasing the diverse, year-round fishing opportunities on offer across the state.

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Give ethically to farmers in need this Christmas

30-12-2021

Everyday Aussies have a chance to make a farming family’s Christmas; as part of the Aussie Helpers’ ‘Give back to the Outback’ Christmas appeal.

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Young farmers

29-12-2021

Victoria’s brightest and best young farmers have been celebrated at the 2021 Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship Awards.

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Victorian Landcare awards

28-12-2021

Victoria’s dedicated Landcare and environmental volunteering champions were celebrated at the 2021 Victorian Landcare Awards ceremony for their outstanding work in caring for the state’s environment and biodiversity.

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New heights to attract tourists

28-12-2021

The State Government is transforming Bacchus Marsh into a bigger, better and more accessible location for visitors with the development of a destination park and new trail.

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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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‘Tis the season to stay safe in the bush

24-12-2021

The Conservation Regulator and Forest Fire Management Victoria are reminding campers and day-trippers visiting forests and parks over the festive season to protect themselves and the environment by following important public land rules.

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MULTICULTURAL FISHERS WELCOME NEW IN-LANGUAGE APP

24-12-2021

The State Government is making it easier for Victorian recreational anglers whose first language is Cantonese or Vietnamese to stay across fishing rules before casting a line.

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GROWING KINDERGARTENS FOR GROWING COMMUNITIES

24-12-2021

The State Government is expanding kindergartens across Victoria, helping more families in growing communities access crucial early childhood services to give their children the best start in life.

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NEW TECHNOLOGY PAVING THE WAY FOR BETTER DAIRY EXPORTS

23-12-2021

The State Government is working to keep raw milk fresher for longer as part of a trial that could unlock more export opportunities and create a sustainable future for northern Victorian dairy farmers.

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Students and apprentices encouraged to claim early for support in 2022

23-12-2021

High school graduates planning further study or an apprenticeship are encouraged to get ready for 2022 by checking their eligibility and submitting their claims Australian government support payments now.

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SPECIALIST MENTAL HEALTH CARE FOR VICTORIAN WOMEN

23-12-2021

The State Government will provide better and safer mental health treatment for Victorian women, under a new nation-leading partnership that delivers on a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

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PLAN FOR GARIWERD’S FUTURE RELEASED

23-12-2021

A new management plan for the greater Gariwerd landscape will ensure the area’s unique environment and cultural heritage are protected for current and future generations.

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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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Ballarat Health Services partner project receives $9 million research project grant

16-12-2021

Ballarat Health Services will deliver enhanced healthcare at home for older people in rural and regional Western Victoria through a project in partnership with the Western Alliance Academic Health Science Centre (Western Alliance).

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$13,000 FOR END OF LIFE PATIENTS

13-12-2021

New Gisborne’s Wooling Hill Memorial Estate has wrapped up this year’s Wooling Hill Run raising $13,000 for Kyneton Health’s palliative care program.

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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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Your say

09-12-2021

Film-going captured me at the age of seven. The thrill of sharing in The Adventures of Robin Hood starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone in 1938 are with me still.

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Your say

08-12-2021

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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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Your say

08-12-2021

Council’s decision on The Rex is indicative of the following:

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Your Say…

08-12-2021

At the council meeting of November 23, 2021 council was presented with an alternate motion to recommending awarding of the contract for the Hepburn Hub at The Rex - Stage 2 Building Works.

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Birds of a Feather

08-12-2021

Having come to Australia over 40 years ago as a Vietnamese refugee, Hang Vo knows what it’s like to feel displaced and excluded.

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Bushfire support

07-12-2021

BEYOND Blue, Australia’s largest mental health organisation, has a dedicated service to help people manage the stresses and apprehension before, during and after the bushfire season.

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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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Book Clubs: Under-researched and under-recognised

27-01-2020

ATTENDING a symposium all about book clubs is a bit like a choose-your-own-adventure book.

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Daylesford Bowling Club

03-12-2021

Tuesday 2021/22 Pennant Season Results

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Daylesford Bowling Club

03-12-2021

2021/22 Pennant Season Results

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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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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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Supporting agricultural and pastoral societies

The State Government is helping agricultural and pastoral shows across the state bounce back from the pandemic, and welcome visitors through the gates again.

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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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Rising stars in health and medical research

02-12-2021

Victoria’s most promising medical researchers will be acknowledged in the 2021 Premier’s Awards for Health and Medical Research, with nominations open from November 26.

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Slow down for roadside workers

02-12-2021

The everyday dangers faced by Victorian roadside workers and first responders are at the centre of a new road safety campaign urging motorists to slow down.

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Backing schools

01-12-2021

The Victorian State Government is backing secondary schools across the state to support more students with ambitions to embark on a career in agriculture.

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Sun shines on community facilities across the Grampians region

30-11-2021

Volunteer committees managing public buildings are set to save thousands of dollars in electricity costs and reduce their carbon footprint thanks to the installation of rooftop solar panels through the Victorian Government’s Solar on Public Buildings (SoPB) Program.

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guide growth for Riddells Creek

30-11-2021

A Precinct Structure Plan for the proposed development of land north of Amess Road will help Council guide future urban growth for the Riddells Creek township.

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Honour roll

29-11-2021

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

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Charity run/walk for Kyneton palliative care

27-11-2021

NEW Gisborne’s Wooling Hill Memorial Estate is the venue for this year’s Mount Macedon Realty-Wooling Hill Run, with proceeds going to Kyneton Health’s palliative care program.

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Cafs re-sign as a Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance Partner

27-11-2021

Cafs CEO, Wendy Sturgess, this week joined leaders from Women’s Health Grampians and White Ribbon Victoria to re-affirm Cafs commitment to the Communities of Respect and Equality (CoRE) Alliance Partner.

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Mt Players Award

26-11-2021

THE Mount Players Youth theatre leaders have won the Macedon Ranges 2021 award for Pure Imagination - young people pursuing their passion for creativity through the arts.

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Storm clean-up

25-11-2021

The Tylden Cemetery Trust is having a working bee on Thursday, November 28 from 11am to clean up after the storm events of June.

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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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Renewable energy powers up Halls Gap

24-11-2021

Halls Gap Botanic Gardens is set to get an energy boost thanks to new off-grid solar power, including solar panels, an inverter and battery storage.

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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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More support for Local businesses to thrive

23-11-2021

The Andrews Labor Government is backing a dedicated concierge service to allow Victorian businesses to access appropriate support and advice so they can recover from the effects of the pandemic.

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Recycle soft plastics at your local transfer station

23-11-2021

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is conducting a six month soft plastics recycling trial with local recycling company, Victorian Regional Recyclers.

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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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Megan and Tom excited to take on The Guilly

22-11-2021

THERE is a real vibe happening at Guildford. And driving around you get the feeling it’s about to boom.

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Have your say about our water future

22-11-2021

You’re invited to one of three Central Highlands Water online Urban Water Strategy community sessions to help shape the future of water in our region.

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AWARD WINNING WORK IN VICTORIAN BIOSECURITY

21-11-2021

Agriculture Victoria has been recognised at the 2021 Australian Biosecurity Awards for its outstanding work in biosecurity.

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New financial counselling support for storm affected residents

20-11-2021

Macedon Ranges Shire Council has welcomed the announcement from Bushfire Recovery Victoria of a Storm and Flood Financial Counselling Program.

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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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REGIONAL VICTORIA’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

21-11-2021

The State Government is helping more Victorians find work, with new data out today showing near record low unemployment for regional Victoria.

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Feedback sought on Nature Strip Landscaping Policy

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is reviewing its Nature Strip Landscaping Policy and seeking your feedback.

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Storm affected residents newly eligible for federal payments

Macedon Ranges Shire Council encourages residents impacted by the June storm to apply for newly available federal disaster recovery payments.

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Annual electrical line tree pruning program

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is commencing the annual electric line tree pruning and maintenance program in Kyneton and Gisborne.

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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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INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY: FARMING INTO THE FUTURE

The State Government is backing new technology on Victorian farms to improve the resilience, sustainability and efficiency of dairy businesses.

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Rooting for lentils increasing production under a changing climate

Scientists are unearthing new knowledge about lentils in research that aims to discover root traits that will help breeders develop drought-tolerant varieties to increase production of the pulse.

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NEW ANTI-SCALPING LAWS CRACK DOWN ON INFLATED BUNDLE DEALS

17-11-2021

Victorian fans attending major sports and entertainment events will be further protected from scalpers under new legislation that outlaws the back-room bundling of tickets with other items to circumvent existing laws.

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RECOGNISING VICTORIA’S OUTSTANDING SENIORS

17-11-2021

Ballarat dementia advocate Anne Tudor OAM has received the 2021 Premier’s Award for Victorian Senior of the Year for her tireless work campaigning for dementia awareness and inclusive aged care services for the LGBTIQ+ community.

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Teaching kids to swim

17-11-2021

The state government is helping the next wave of Victorian kids learn to swim and have fun safely at the beach and in the pool this summer.

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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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Help for new parents

16-11-2021

New parents will soon have better access to the vital mental health support they need, with an investment from the state government to expand and reform community perinatal mental health teams across the state.

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Tackling crime

15-11-2021

The state government is continuing to support projects that tackle the causes of crime through the Building Safer Communities Program.

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Nominations open for 2022 Australia Day Awards

15-11-2021

Each year the Macedon Ranges Shire Council’s Australia Day awards recognise and celebrate community members and organisations that make significant contributions to their local communities.

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SUSTAINABLE HEPBURN

15-11-2021

Sustainable Hepburn is a new strategy that will be Council’s updated commitment to environmental sustainability. Community consultation activities will kick off during November with the formation of a Sustainable Hepburn Community Reference Group.

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FREE GREEN WASTE DISPOSAL

15-11-2021

Residents can dispose of green waste for free at our three transfer stations in Creswick, Trentham and Daylesford throughout November

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COMMUNITY AWARDS OPEN

14-11-2021

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond for our community?

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR

14-11-2021

This month marks a year since the new Council was sworn in.

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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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CresFest 2022 will be a joyful celebration of music and dance

13-11-2021

CresFest 2022 will be a joyful celebration of music and dance

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Hepburn Shire Council has begun distributing free firewood

13-11-2021

Hepburn Shire Council has begun distributing free firewood

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Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting free online training

13-11-2021

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is hosting free online training

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The 2021 Macedon Ranges Youth Award winners have been announced.

12-11-2021

They are Willpower – Lara Vicente, Nicely played – Hugo Lobb, Good deeds – Siena Payne, Skilling it – Gisborne Family Dental trainee dental nurses: Melanie Horvath, Lorissa Koleceg and Abbey Raynor, Well aware – Molly Consiglio and Pure imagination – Mount Players Youth Theatre Leadership Group. The awards are available to watch on Macedon Ranges Youth Facebook and council’s website at mrsc.vic.gov.au/youth

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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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Hepburn House residents out and about

11-11-2021

IF YOU think it's been a long 20 months or so, put yourself in the shoes of the residents of Hepburn House.

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Toys and vouchers needed for Christmas

11-11-2021

EVERY year Hepburn Regional Community Cheer collects toys and gift vouchers to make sure every child receives a toy for Christmas.

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June storm help

10-11-2021

Communities affected by June’s destructive storms and floods will continue to get more help to rebuild and recover thanks to further support from the state government.

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Environment boost

09-11-2021

The Victorian Government has delivered a boost to the Macedon environment and economy with grants to Landcare Groups and for upgrades to caravan parks and campgrounds.

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Accommodation boost for silo trail

07-11-2021

The state government is boosting accommodation along the state’s popular Silo Art Trail, giving travellers more options to stop and enjoy regional towns.

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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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Swamp success something special

07-11-2021

When hectares of a rare aquatic plants are growing over a once-degraded wetland, you know something is working well.

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Online agriculture courses

07-11-2021

A selection of online courses can be undertaken at your own pace, at any time and from any-where with an internet connection is available from Agriculture Victoria.

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Best practice lessons for farmers

07-11-2021

For some farmers, running a business according to best practice management techniques is something to aspire to, but for many it’s not always easy knowing where to start.

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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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Grants for emergency service volunteers

06-11-2021

Emergency service volunteers will get a critical boost to important equipment needed to keep Victorians safe, just in time for the summer season thanks to grants from the state government.

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Boost for regions

06-11-2021

The state government has delivered a boost to the state’s regions and environment with $6.1 million in grants for Landcare Groups and upgrades to caravan parks and campgrounds.

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Grants for sport

06-11-2021

The state government has launched a new round of grants to support Aboriginal Victorians cover the cost of uniforms, equipment and travel to participate in events.

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Tree changers not thinking about natural disasters

06-11-2021

Suncorp research has found 27 per cent of Australians have moved or considered relocating during COVID. And although experts are predicting more cyclones, fires and floods this summer, half failed to consider the impacts of natural disasters.

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Attracting harvest workers

05-11-2021

The state government’s popular Seasonal Sign-On bonus has been extended, with horticulture businesses across the state set to receive extra support in time for this summer’s harvest.

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Boost for Victorian health system

05-11-2021

Victoria’s health system will be boosted further with a range of measures to free up capacity in public hospitals, as we head toward an expected surge in COVID patients.

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Boost for regional culture, heritage and arts

05-11-2021

In a boost for community organisations across regional Australia, the federal government has announced the opening of the new $3 million Culture, Heritage and Arts Regional Tourism (CHART) program, to be delivered in 2021‑22.

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Work starts on Tylden Primary

05-11-2021

Better facilities are on their way for students at Tylden Primary School with works commencing on an important upgrade thanks to the state government.

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Better homes for renters

04-11-2021

Rental providers are now eligible for a rebate to upgrade inefficient heating and cooling systems to make homes more comfortable, drive down power bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Summer re-opening for Melbourne

04-11-2021

Melbourne’s top public galleries, museums and performance venues are gearing up for a big summer as they re-open their doors to the public.

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Transport needs feedback wanted

04-11-2021

Macedon Ranges Shire Council is inviting community feedback about transport needs when travelling around the township of Woodend.

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Small Towns Big Difference

04-11-2021

The state government is supporting small community-based organisations in the state’s north-west to back projects in their region.

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