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Reserve Chairperson Bill Smith and BFNC member Joanne Raffaele, show the cracks in the court that a $2 coin can fit in. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Reserve – not what it’s cracked up to be

By Helen Tatchell Cracks are appearing at the Ballan Recreation Reserve sporting facility, literally. The multi-use netball court was nearly deemed unusable after large long and...
(L-R) Back - Principal Melinda Williams, Tennis legend Todd Woodbridge, Fiona Manifold (ANZ) and (front) students, Mia, Ryder, Isla and Brinn  Photo – Jessica Howard

Racquets just ace

By Jessica Howard Prep students from Bacchus Marsh Primary School have been served up 130 new tennis racquets. Todd Woodbridge, a 22-time grand slam Australian tennis...
(L-R) Bianca Timofte, Thomas, Edith and Tony Paarhammer with their award. Photo – State Govt. Vict.

Prestigious winners

By Jessica Howard Victoria’s 2017 Manufacturer of the Year is located right on Ballan’s doorstep. Paarhammer Window and Doors took out the prestigious award in the...
Mr Prendergast at the Bacchus Marsh Lion Zoo, aged 16 Photo - submitted

What is your safari story?

By Jessica Howard  An escaped water buffalo running down the Western (Ballarat) Highway and a two-year-old mauled by a lion are just some of the...
Brothers Clancy and Banjo Luke were presented with Captain Koala Honorary Firefighter certificates by Ballan Fire Brigade Captain Kaine Myers and CFA Operations Officer Chris Bigham. The boys are pictured with Captain Koala. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Hero duo bro’s

By Jessica Howard Two young brothers have been hailed heroes after they alerted authorities to a fire at the Ballan Primary School gymnasium. Banjo and Clancy...

Car park finally sells

By Kate Taylor A new childcare centre and medical centre are set to be built on formerly council-owned land in Bacchus Marsh. The site, at 3 Graham...
Chris Broncinetti (BM Hist. Soc) reads the life of Kelvin Edwards Photo – Helen Tatchell

A true local Marshian

By Jessica Howard It was Kelvin Edwards’ dying wish to donate his autobiography to the Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society. Close to one year on...
The students march and play their instruments down the Main St of Ballan. Elsa from Cartier World Travel (Ballan) organised the tour to perform in Ballan Photos – Helen Tatchell

Warriors march on Ballan

By Jessica Howard A marching band all the way from California has graced the main street of Ballan. The Mission San Jose High School Band marched...
Junior FNC Presidents (L-R) Darren Smith (Bacchus Marsh) and Matt Colley (Darley) with the new Cup up for grabs. Photo – Jessica Howard

Clashing for the cup

By Jessica Howard The rivalry between Darley and Bacchus Marsh has grown as the junior football and netball clubs fight to lay claim to a...
The former Lerderderg Children’s Centre in Darley Photo – Jessica Howard

Out with the old

By Kate Taylor Quotes are being sought for the purchase and removal of buildings and other infrastructure at the old Lerderderg Children’s Centre site. Councillors voted...