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Sign of the times – Churches slated for sale

A 'sign of the times' is the way the looming sale of two historic Uniting Churches is being described by what remains of their...

Great effort all round

After a COVID-enforced hiatus in 2020, tin rattlers at the traffic lights and street walkers were back, collecting for the Royal Children's Hospital Good...

Riding out of lockdown

By Penny Gilbert CycleSafe Mount Alexander is excited to be rolling out a series of bike rides to help our community ride out of lockdown. With...

Where east meets west

Lacey's garden in Newstead is such an eclectic mix of spring profusion it's hard to believe that when the owners arrived on site 19...

A host of golden daffodils…

Longtime Newstead locals Peter and Lilian Skillbeck have more than 2000 excellent reasons to look on the bright side of life. Earlier this year, around...
Pictured are: Dave Tye from Mount Gambier, Jon Narik from Warrnambool, Clem Hutchesson of Mount Gambier, Ian McMillan from Deniliquin and Matt McMillan from Berwick.

British bike invasion

Hundreds of British bikes invaded the roads around Castlemaine over the weekend for the annual All British Bike Rally. Triumphs, Nortons, Vincents and BSAs were...
Macedon Ranges Strike Team 0215 recharge after a big day of assessing properties, clearing trees and blacking-out in the Bunyip fire complex. Photo: Mount Macedon Fire Brigade

Locals join fire fight

Local firies joined the fight at Bunyip State Park and Gippsland firegrounds last week. A Macedon Ranges strike team with firefighters from across the district...
Newstead Live Music Festival director Kelly Skinner at the town's Anglican Church - one of the venues on this long weekend's festival program.

Set for sound: Newstead goes live

Newstead is a town in anticipation just days out from its biggest event of the year. The annual Newstead Live Music Festival is about to...
Newstead and District Swimming Pool Inc president Sue Pollard, Bendigo Regional YMCA CEO Jane Robson and Sharon Fraser at Newstead Swimming Pool following last week's council decision.

New management for Newstead pool

Bendigo Regional Young Men's Christian Association Youth Services will manage Newstead Swimming Pool for the next three years following a council decision last week. But...
Newstead publican Trevor Mitchell is pictured with his Conspicuous Service Cross and his children Tom and Claire at Government House on September 5.

Devotion to duty

Newstead local Trevor Mitchell has been recognised for his bravery during a devastating fire aboard petrol tanker ship HMAS Westralia in 1998. The publican, Forty...

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Farmer wants a home

A Malmsbury cattle farmer is fighting to make his shed turned ‘man-cave’ into a legal residence. Travis Bruni is...

Schwass to speak