Coimadai brigade volunteers Mel Peterson and Stewart Geerling are reeling over the theft of a vehicle and essential equipment last week from their fire station. Photo – Jessica Howard

Thieves strike CFA Brigade

By Jessica Howard Heartless thieves have stolen around $150,000 worth of tools and equipment from the Coimadai Fire Station, rendering it inoperable for hours during...
Kassie Furness Photos – submitted/RacingPhotos

Success in the saddle

By Kate Taylor Jockey Kassie Furness has finished her Racing Victoria apprenticeship – and is already in fine form. Furness rode a double at Ballarat late...
Max Dennison Photo - Helen Tatchell

Tears as accused slammed by magistrate

By Jessica Howard An unlicensed driver who crashed a motorcycle into a Bacchus Marsh pedestrian crossing after doing burnouts has been refused bail. Max Dennison broke...

Accused killer to testify

By Jessica Howard One of the men accused of murdering Springbank war veteran Ken Handford could receive a reduced sentence after agreeing to testify in...
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,...
Greg Keyte (Yaloak Polo Club) with Michelle Payne who will play in the celebrity match this Sunday. Photos – Helen Tatchell

Hoof it to the polo

By Jessica Howard Polo enthusiasts are gearing up for one of the biggest local tournaments of the competition season. The Colliers International Ballarat Cup, held at...
The Elaine Fire Brigade members were acknowledged for their commitment to protecting their community during the Scotsburn fires in 2015. Photo – Shane Dunne

Young Protectors

By Kate Taylor Five young Moorabool residents have had their bravery recognised with the local Young Citizens of the Year Award. The recipients are Natasha Ford,...
Vicki, Leanne and Jane with their award Photo - Helen Tatchell

Number one event

By Kate Taylor It makes for a strange story, but the Literacy Trail has won Moorabool Shire Council’s Australia Day Award for Community Event of the Year...
Brendan and Darian learn off each other in the program. Photo – Jessica Howard

Teaching each other skills

By Jessica Howard A link between two Darley Neighbourhood House course programs is bridging the gap between adults with disabilities and students. The Avenue Group, which...