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Grassroots sport declines

By Jessica Howard Country football and netball clubs may face the final siren as they struggle with a lack of players and shrinking populations. In the...
Bag snatcher Cherry Waterbury with fellow actors (L-R) Leon Newton, Bruce Carboon, Herman Jansink and Eric Daws. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Caught in the act

By Jessica Howard It’s been two decades since the Bacchus Marsh Players performed at the local public hall, but they’re ready to get the show on the road again. The...

A woman making it happen

By Jessica Howard It’s only fitting that Noelle Dickson is the face of an innovative health campaign titled ‘Women Making It Happen’. The Bacchus Marsh resident...
Ballan Lionesses Float - Winner of Mayor's Award

Ballan Autumn Festival – Parade Results

Mayor’s Award: Most outstanding float by a community group Ballan Lioness Club Most Popular Sporting Group Kyokushin Karate Most Outstanding Commercial Entry Mill Rose Café Most Outstanding Individual Entry Colin Holmes Most Outstanding School Entry Ballan...
Geoff Howard (MP) and Central Highlands Water Chair, Jeremy Johnson inspect the new hydro plant at Lal Lal. Photo – Damien Wieland

Powered by water

By Kate Taylor A mini hydro station at Lal Lal Reservoir is now up and running. In the absence of the state water minister, Member for Buninyong Geoff...
Ballan’s OIC Sgt Michael Kearnes is urging residents to have the screws in their vehicle number plates changed on Saturday 25 March in Ballan. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Get screwed

By Jessica Howard As number plate theft in the region continues to rise, local police are urging the community to lock down their plates with...
Phil Burnell (SSA Team Leader), Pat Toohey (MSC) with a septic system recently completed on Noelle Shader’s property Photo – Helen Tatchell

Blackwood goes septic

By Kate Taylor    It was a who’s-who of local politics at the official start of the localised septic program in Blackwood.  Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas was...
Darwin, the groups mascot guards all the rubbish collected. Photo – Marika Ley

The best friends

Next time you sit under a shady tree or enjoy a nice scenic walk along a river track, take a moment to think who...
Ballan Sgt Michael Kearnes with Moorabool Community Register volunteer Audrey Stanaway. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Register and stay in touch

By Jessica Howard While Moorabool residents continue to feel safe thanks to their local community register, some areas of the shire are still under-represented. The Moorabool...
Sarah Nicholson home schools her son from their Myrniong residence. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Learning from home

By Kate Taylor A local group is smashing misconceptions about the practice of home schooling. When Sarah Nicholson’s son began turning into a bully at school,...