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RACV “needs 50 per cent for club”

Jane EmerickRACV needs just over 50 per cent of members’ backing to take over Torquay Golf Club, according to the club’s lawyers. Melbourne lawyer and...

Exercise a stroll in the park

Lisa HumphriesLocal Olympian Lee Troop will lead Geelong parents in an attempt to help get a world pram-strolling record tomorrow. Geelong will be one of...

Winds over 120km/h wreck Corio properties

Andrew MathiesonA “microburst” wind storm has damaged dozens of homes at Corio. Gusts in excess of 120km/h ripped through part of the suburb near Purnell...

Win for lagoon project

The state’s planning tribunal has approved a controversial plan to build seven double-storey units on bayfront land abutting a nature park at St Leonards. Victorian...

Fire, ambo complex set for Lara

Andrew MathiesonCONSTRUCTION of a proposed Lara fire and ambulance complex will begin in December, according to local MP John Eren. But Liberal candidate for Lara...

Councillors try to douse anger. Entry backlash

Hamish HeardCouncillors yesterday sought to douse anger among northern suburbs residents about plans to direct tourists to Geelong’s Ballarat Road entrance. The Independent last week...

Communities slam services shortfall

Andrew MathiesonETHNIC communities have demanded a boost to basic services in Geelong at a meeting with the state’s multicultural commission. Community representatives highlighted their local...

The politics of farming

Hamish HeardTHE very mention of drought makes Simon Ramsay cringe. Despite now spending a great deal of his time between the clanging of city trams...

Retiring MP takes academic role at university. Call me Professor

Hamish HeardRETIRING Lara MP Peter Loney will take on a plum role as adjunct professor at Latrobe University when he leaves parliament after the...

China threat over Lama

Hamish HeardChina yesterday threatened Geelong after councillors forced Mayor Peter McMullin to offer the Dalai Lama a civic reception. A spokesman for the Chinese Consulate...

Torquay councillors in fight over blog claims. ‘Get out of site’

Hamish HeardTorquay councillors accused each other of playing politics yesterday in an angry clash over an internet blog site. Torquay councillor Ron Humphrey, who has...

Liberals’ mayor promise: You’ll choose

Hamish HeardA local Liberal candidate yesterday stepped up calls for a popularly-elected mayor because Geelong’s council had become a Labor “cheerleader”. Candidate for Geelong Scott...

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Crews control bale blaze

District firefighters fought a hay bale fire at Murgheboluc 20km west of Geelong yesterday morning. The blaze involved 500 square hay bales on a private...