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Double whammy for traders in road plans

Hamish HeardTorquay businesses face a bypass double whammy. A State Government decision to direct traffic from Geelong’s bypass down Anglesea Road and shire plans to...

Grove brawl mars party

ANDREW MATHIESONBELLARINE Peninsula revellers were on their best and worst behaviour during New Year’s Eve, according to police. Drunken teenage brawls on the beach...

Rose set to bloom

Karen HartTHE OWNER of Torquay’s Rose Restaurant has revealed plans for 96 holiday units, a convention centre and a day spa on the site. Southern...

Staffing “unchanged” in 24hr police station

Hamish HeardTorquay police were yesterday busy packing boxes in readiness for a move to their brand new state-of-the-art Surf Coast Highway headquarters next week. But...

Council to open up Port

Andrew MathiesonGeelong’s council has redrawn Portarlington’s town boundaries to fit in hundreds of new building sites. Geelong’s council has voted in favour of expanding its...

Springs to get ”a new beach”

Andrew MathiesonCLIFTON Springs is set for a new beach, according to the town’s councillor. The plan involves moving a car park at the cliff off...

Blazes break out across city

Hamish HeardHigh wind and soaring temperatures fanned a horrific day for Geelong’s firefighters yesterday. Two firefighters were hospitalised after battling to control the worst of...

‘Guilty Party’ seeks revenge

Peter FaragoTHE Guilty Party is getting its revenge. The State Government was the first cab off the rank in the 2006 election campaign, running...

Vow: area to have 76 extra cops

SEVENTY-SIX extra police would patrol the region under a Liberal State Government, the party has announced. Liberal police spokesperon Kim Wells said Geelong would have...

Breaking up is hard to do

Peter FaragoA PLAN to break the Bellarine Peninsula from City of Greater Geelong council is a popular idea for many residents of the region...

Angry reaction over secrecy on port plan

Andrew MathiesonNORTHERN suburbs residents have reacted angrily to secret plans for State Government to seize control of Geelong’s port. The Independent revealed last week that...

Glad Geelong’s not Tamworth this Australia Day

Karen HartSINGLE mother Abuk Madut is looking forward to swapping her title of Sudanese refugee for Australian citizen today. Four years ago she fled her...

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Mayor adds holidays to trip

Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood has added two weeks of holidays to an international conference in Italy, with ratepayers footing the bill for his flights. Council...