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Thompson Builders' Ian Thompson (right) and his team are celebrating a win-win for Corinella Road.

Woodend win-win – Neighbours back developer’s new plans

Objectors to a proposed housing development in Woodend have become its biggest supporters in a rare turn of events. Thompson Builders' Ian Thompson scrapped his...
Sas Allardice and Mel Willard of Gung Hoe Growers are among those at Harcourt welcoming grants to help combat Queensland fruit fly.

War on fruit fly

Efforts to avert the threat of fruit fly before it impacts on local fruit and veg producers have been ramped up at Harcourt with...
Pictured is Platform 1 at Kyneton Railway Station in the early morning. The location of where the man jumped onto tracks to climb up on Platform 2 is in the immediate foreground.

TRACK DEATH TRAP

Commuters are risking their lives to catch the train because of a move designed to reduce delays for morning peak services on the Bendigo...
Romsey Neighbourhood House coordinator Michell Balthazar and Bendigo TAFE student Danielle Stanton are pictured with Romsey Engineering representatives, workshop instructor Graham Stanton and some of the first women taking part in the welding workshop.

Workshop’s creative spark

A one-off women's welding workshop in Romsey has sparked huge interest with 70 locals now on a waiting list to try their hand at...
From left: Luke Mills of Next Level Property Maintenance, Erica Gray from Reece Plumbing Sunbury, disability pensioner Nikki Anticevic and David Cannon with David's dog Jazz.

Boxer pays it forward

Underneath David Cannon's tattoos and behind his boxing gloves lies a real softie at heart. The Sunbury gym owner and competitive boxer has embarked on...
Empty chairs and empty shoes at last Thursday's rally in Castlemaine symbolised lives lost in detention centres at Manus or Nauru over the past five years.

Rage at lives lost

Twelve empty chairs, 12 empty pairs of shoes. Stark symbols of the deaths of 12 asylum seekers held in detention on Manus and Nauru over...
Heather and Neil Barrett with their grandson Reuben.

Living gently on the land

Environmental warriors Neil and Heather Barrett are well known for their active involvement in business and the community, but it's their campaigns for green...
Peter Barnes says several factors have put the crunch on Aussie icon Barnes Castlemaine Rock.

Crunch time: Barnes’ Castlemaine Rock ceases operation

After 165 years of operation, Castlemaine's iconic Barnes' Castlemaine Rock lolly manufacturing business has ceased production. Fifth-generation business owner and operator Peter Barnes, whose great-great-grandfather...
Ven. Phuthixay Phuthibandith and Ven. Khamsy Chanthasone.

Monks seek peace

Buddhist monks from Wat Mai Buddhavongs have found peace in Gisborne South's countryside where they plan to spread their roots. The Lao Buddhist Society of...

Truckies let down

*Published Midland Express: July 24, 2017 Livestock carriers are driving home the need for shower and wash amenities to be installed nearby Kyneton Saleyards' well-used...
Pioneers and Old Residents Association secretary Wilson Bunton and Castlemaine library officer Donna Steven with some of the curiosities to feature in Chronicles and Curiosities of old Castlemaine.

Curiosities of old Castlemaine

There's the crib board crafted from the timber of a wrecked paddle steamer, the officious rubber stamp and elaborate holder once used to mark...
Castlemaine's Suzanne Donisthorpe will conduct two live interviews on stage as part of the 2018 Bendigo Writers Festival next week.

An extraordinary festival of ideas

The 2018 Bendigo Writers Festival is set to kick off on Thursday August 9 and run over three days, featuring some spectacular talent from...

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World-class grown up rock

Joeys Coop are currently touring the east coast states to promote their recently release sophomore album Lachlan Valley Dirt. Friday...

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