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President Bacchus Marsh RSL Cherrison Lawton at the memorial seat that depicts Rupert Moon VC, Kathleen Rogers and William West MM and was designed by Mark Gilliland (left); constructed and donated by (right) Mick Horan (Rossco Engineering) Photo – Helen Tatchell

Never to be forgotten

By Helen Tatchell Michael Madden is the Author of ‘The Victoria Cross - Australia Remembers’ book. A unique coffee table compilation comprising of all 96...
Youth Award winners with Moorabool Mayor Cr. David Edwards. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Our talented youth

By Helen Tatchell As a direct result of the 2013-2016 Youth Strategy, Moorabool’s Youth have been acknowledged. The third Youth Awards were held by Council at...
Acting CFA Chief Officer Alen Slijepcevic, Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard, Emergency Services Minister James Merlino and Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley at the announcement of the new $31m CFA training site for Ballan. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Jobs and growth

By Kate Taylor The state government has bought land near Ballan upon which it will build the replacement of the Fiskville Training Academy. The $31 million Victorian Emergency...
Photo – Helen Tatchell

Neglect leads to demolition

By Jessica Howard Bacchus Marsh residents will soon say goodbye to the town’s century-old signal box.  The traditional box, located at the Bacchus Marsh train station,...
New Ballan RSL President, Rick Campey at the Aleppo Pine Tree Photo - Helen Tatchell

And in the morning, we will remember them

By Jessica Howard Ballan RSL has re-established a lost tradition by hosting the town’s first Anzac Day dawn service in many years. The commemorative event saw...
(L-R) Bacchus Marsh Primary School students Tilly, Dean, Elsie and Lachi walk laps at school Photo – Jessica Howard

Walking around the nation

By Jessica Howard A group of Bacchus Marsh Primary School students have walked over 1,200-kilometres since the beginning of term one.  The grade four class spend...
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...