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Politicians scoff at new shire pledge

Alex de VosPoliticians have tried to douse the hopes of Bellarine Peninsula residents for their own shire. Labor Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville warned of...

Talking of the animals

Andrew MathiesonIT ALL came about by chance. Until then, Newtown veterinarian Dr Jack Ayerbe was content keeping to his own practice. But when day-radio personality...

Idea floated, sunk by City

Pater FargoDID GEELONG’S council miss the boat when it rejected plans for a floating restaurant on the city’s waterfront? City of Greater Geelong named 18...

Call for ‘damaging’ findings to go public

Hamish HeardState Government has swept damaging allegations in an Ombudsman’s report on Geelong’s cash-for-councillors scandal under the carpet until after next week’s elections, local...

Injunction bid to foil ‘chainsaw massacre’

Alex de VosResidents plan to take out injunctions to stop authorities chopping down non-indigenous trees along the Barwon River in Geelong. Highton’s Trish Gant said...

Homes in TiTree ”on their own”, says CFA

Andrew MathiesonNATIVE Ti Tree poses a bushfire threat to homes on the Bellarine Peninsula this summer, the CFA has warned homeowners. CFA regional...

Inquest into dads death at hospital hears: “Failure” cost his life

Karen HartA FATHER of five died when Geelong Hospital emergency doctors failed to diagnose a potentially lethal injury, an inquest has heard. Ron Hutchinson, 49,...

Business pioneers a new field in farm services

Hamish HeardA new Geelong business is pioneering the integration of farm management consulting with taxation and financial planning services to help region’s primary producers...

Fear stymies pay rise calls

Hamish HeardGeelong councillors want more pay but are too scared to ask. Victorian Local Governance Association is surveying councillors on their remuneration as part of...

Rule book ‘thrown away’ for Torquay project. School of thought

Hamish HeardStudents will study in a radical new school of the future when the existing Torquay primary campus expands to include years seven to...

One in five fast trains late. Rail ‘disgrace’

Alex de VosOne in five of Geelong’s fast rail trains arrives late, according to V/Line’s first monthly performance figures for the new service. V/Line communication...

Leaked memo: Nude dune fence

Hamish HeardA leaked Surf Coast Shire email reveals secret plans to fence off a sand dune behind one of Torquay’s nude beaches to stop...

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Trips ‘waste’ vital disability money

Federal Government is being accused of funding “luxuries” like travel and holidays for some individuals with disabilities in Geelong at the expense of core...