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New master plan for Ballarat’s botanical gardens

25-03-2024

The City of Ballarat is developing a new master plan for its botanical gardens, to guide how it shapes the living attraction into the future. 

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Big kids’ event back in the ‘rat

20-10-2023

Ballarat’s biggest celebration for children is coming back and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

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Community feedback sought on draft Romsey plan

05-09-2023

Romsey residents are being urged to provide feedback on the draft Romsey Structure Plan, currently open for consultation until Monday 25 September.

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Sense of community: rural brigade hosts open day

09-08-2023

Hepburn Rural Fire Brigade has hosted a community open day with the introduction of a new light tanker to its fleet - and a special commemoration.

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Public feedback prompts changes as council adopts $112.7M budget

10-07-2023

The Macedon Ranges Council has adopted its new 2023-24 budget featuring a few noteworthy responses to public feedback it had received.

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Nissen huts at Lyonville link to our past

07-06-2023

IN A region like the Central Highlands, decayed relics, disturbed ground and old structures are never far from view and traces of the past cling stubbornly to the present.

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AgVic Talk podcasts

01-07-2022

Agriculture Victoria's podcasts deliver knowledge and information in a format that suits the way farmers and agricultural professionals work and live today

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Happy Birthday Lorna

07-06-2022

When Tanya Bull won a competition for a $150 voucher for Sault Restaurant, to take her mum, Lorna Thompson, out for her 80th birthday, she had no idea it would be another two years before the event would take place.

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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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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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help shape water pricing

28-12-2021

Let’s Talk Water (LTW) is Central Highlands Water’s (CHW) largest community engagement project that informs the next 5-year Pricing Submission. The LTW program focuses on finding out community priorities and learning how CHW can invest in the future of the region.

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WORLD-CLASS TAFE PRECINCT UNVEILED IN THE HEART OF BENDIGO

The State Government’s huge redevelopment of Bendigo TAFE has been unveiled, giving local jobseekers in the growing regional city more opportunities to get the skills they need for the jobs of the future.

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A very Christmassy Clunes

21-12-2020

Christmas lights in Clunes!

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Simple life and ethical farming

26-10-2020

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

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The quick brown fox always in Barry’s sights

19-10-2020

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

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

19-10-2020

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

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A life-saving project within your back fence

19-10-2020

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

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The Local celebrates its 200th edition

05-10-2020

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

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Sault @ Home

31-08-2020

LOTS of restaurants have pivoted over the past few months, offering takeaways and deliveries, but Jodi Flockhart at Sault has come up with a unique idea for our region - Sault @ Home.

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The tail of three dogs

31-08-2020

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

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Real estate records smashed by keen buyers

31-08-2020

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

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Round two: People v. council over load of rubbish

31-08-2020

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

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Australia’s Best Pie at Kyneton!

31-08-2020

KYNETON'S Country Cob Bakery has done a hat trick, taking out the Baking Association of Australia's Best Pie for the third year in a row.

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To the Woodend community, with love…

31-08-2020

HELLO. My name is Aubrey, and I would like to tell you a story. It is an awesome story about kindness. I am learning to read, but can’t write yet, so I have asked my Mama to share this story with you.

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Coles Woodend – Legends of Lockdown

24-08-2020

STAFF at Coles Woodend have been nominated as The Local's Legends of Lockdown.

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