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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...

Plea minister: stop those parking meters

Jane EmerickCommunity groups will demand the Planning Minister stop installation of parking meters at Torquay. Surf Coast Community and Ratepayers Association will ask Justin Madden...

Dirty talk a turn off

Peter FaragoIn last week’s Independent former Liberal candidate for Bellarine Don Gibson said his party’s decision to run a clean campaign cost it November’s...

Trainer confident locals have plenty of punch

Hamish HeardA Torquay boxing trainer is confident his charges will deal some devastating blows at a Geelong tournament tomorrow night. Ashley Lynch said three boxers...

All name, no shame

Peter FaragoSTATE Government is going to name the region’s top 200 industrial water users next year. But is naming, and possibly shaming, big guzzlers of...

Local wharfies tag on to the age of terror

Andrew MathiesonTerrorism fears will lead to Geelong maritime workers wearing security tags for the first time. The identification of workers at Geelong’s port will be...

Rates cover shortfall

Jane EmerickThe lowest state government funding in Victoria will push up Surf Coast Shire rates five per cent next year, according to officers and...

Wicket ways

Andrew MathiesonST JOSEPHS cricket stalwart Barry McFarlane stands on the pavilion decking at his clubrooms, looks across the windswept oval and has one thought...

”Goat track” keeping oldies out of The Dell

Andrew MathiesonA “goat track” access path has put Clifton Springs’ The Dell beach off limits to the elderly, according to residents. They said residents were...

Harbour work in Aboriginal probe

Andrew MathiesonABORIGINAL authorities will inspect Portarlington sites of a “high level of interest”, potentially affecting proposed works on the town’s safe harbour project. ...

From Highton to the outback

Andrew MathiesonLIVING among Highton’s suburban streets hides John Raven’s true calling in life. The unassuming 57yearold is peculiarly different to most of his middleclass neighbours. John...

Ramp most dangerous in Victoria

Jane EmerickVictoria’s recreational fishing body has deemed Torquay’s boat ramp the most dangerous in the state. VRFish said in a new report that the “rotting”...

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Geelong women to Reclaim the Night

Hundreds of women across Geelong are set to unite against violence at an “empowering” march next week. The annual local walk forms part of a...