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Anne and Judith with their sash and prizes from 1971 and 1966 Photo – Jessica Howard

Show girls 60-years on

By Jessica Howard It’s been 60 years since the inception of the first Miss Show Girl Competition, and Ballan sisters Anne and Judy have reminisced...
Bacchus Marsh Community Bank Chairman, Claire Sutherland (right) and Branch Manager, Ian Prince (left) with 18-year-old recipient Chelsea Bell. Photo – Jessica Howard

Helping with the education journey

By Jessica Howard Chelsea Bell set off on her first day of university last week. The 18-year-old Bacchus Marsh resident is studying a Bachelor...
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A backyard is all you need

By Carol Saffer Australia currently generates 7.6 million tonnes of food waste every year. With urban agriculture on the rise, one low cost way to divert...

Learning from veterans

By Meg Kennedy Allan Godfrey was just 17-years old when he fought in World War II, but 80-years later he’s sharing his story with the...

Born again bikes

By Kate Taylor It’s a morning so cold that you can see the fog of your breath before you and still, the chink of a...
Ben Ihlow passed away from complications with the flu on Sunday September 3 – his first Father’s Day.

Unity in Community

By Jessica Howard The sudden death of a young Moorabool father has spearheaded a fundraising campaign to help support his wife and son. Ben Ihlow passed away...
After 32-years of volunteering, Dawn Lewin can relax at home in her backyard. Photo – Jessica Howard

St Dawn retires

By Jessica Howard In 1985, Dawn Lewin popped into the Bacchus Marsh St Vincent de Paul Op Shop to buy a white collared shirt and...
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Ballan chosen as the meeting place

By Kate Taylor Starting from February, all Moorabool Shire council meetings will be held in Ballan. February is the first Ordinary Meeting of Council for 2018,...
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Councillor declares interest as candidate in State election

By Kate Taylor Watch out, the snake catcher is coming: that’s Jarrod Bingham’s message to state parliamentarians as he launches his bid for the seat...

EXCLUSIVE – 3500+ people to go cold as Ballan to shiver with no power

By Carol Saffer “We understand outages are inconvenient and we thank customers for their understanding..” - Powercor Put the bed-socks on and stay in bed with an extra blanket as Powercor plans...