City jobless ‘spike’ at four-year high

Geelong unemployment has hit a four-year high despite national and state joblessness rates decreasing over the past year. Unemployment rose to 7.3 per cent in January, compared to 6.2 per cent the same time last year, according to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The 18 per cent rise in Geelong comes as both Victorian and […]

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Scott playing down expectation on Gaz

Geelong coach Chris Scott has downplayed expectations for two-time Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett this season ahead of the Cats season opener against Collingwood on Friday. Scott said the 34-year-old was “unlikely to play every game” but would still form a big part of the team this year. “We don’t need Gary Ablett to have a […]

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Ireland’s ‘best’ jig into Geelong

World-touring troupe A Taste of Ireland dances its way onto Geelong stages next week in an extravaganza of Celtic music and dance. The Irish dancers will jig into Costa Hall for one show only on 29 March, just a couple of weeks after St Patrick’s Day. But even those still feeling the luck of the […]

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Local groms carve up Jan Juc

Local juniors have dominated the Victorian leg of the Surfer Groms Comp in excellent conditions at Jan Juc Beach over the weekend. Organisers postponed the round, the tenth of the series, after a whale carcass washed up last November at the event’s planned location Ocean Grove. Torquay’s Tanner Reid kicked off the under 14 final […]

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Geelong stands with Muslim community as local family mourns

Geelong Muslims mourned the death of a close relative in Friday’s massacre at Christchurch as locals left tributes at their Manifold Heights mosque on Sunday. One of the 50 victims of the mass shooting, 26-year-old charted accountant Syed Areeb Ahmed, had family based in Geelong, imam Mohammad Ramzan said. “One of our mosque attendees (had […]

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Slow schools net hits floor

Frustrations over “snail-paced” internet at Geelong high schools lagging behind private counterparts has made it to the floor of parliament. Local MP Bev McArthur in question time called for an end to the “disadvantage endured by public secondary schools” in Geelong and the Surf Coast. “The Andrews Government claims that Victoria is The Education State,” […]

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