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Grossman set to beat Hodge in mayor race

Jane EmerickTorquay councillor Keith Grossman is poised to upset Jan Juc colleague Rose Hodge in a Surf Coast council vote for mayor next week. Cr...

Radios tune into city thugs

Jane EmerickTwo-way radios were set to debut in Geelong nightclubs last night as the latest weapon in a crackdown on violence in the central...

Vic footy calling on final reserves

Peter FaragoVICTORIAN football is not dead yet. For weeks the football media has speculated about the demise of the game in the sport’s heartland, given...

Footy could go. Water crisis sports threat

Hamish HeardTorquay footballers are facing a 2007 season without home games after a council decision to replace Spring Creek Reserve’s playing surface left it...

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...

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Holden key to missing couple

A white Holden sedan could be the key to finding a Geelong pair that went missing four days ago, according to police. Bruce Shingles, 72,...