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An educational sign of the times

Five years ago, Shakti McLaren and a group of like-minded individuals had the vision to create an inspirational, sustainable food destination in the Dandenongs. From...

Watch and Act notice for Monbulk

A Watch an Act notice has been issued for a bushfire on Rankins Road, Monbulk with aircraft called in to battle the 1-2 hectare...

Power outages across eastern suburbs

AusNet Services has advised there are numerous unplanned power outages across the eastern suburbs. Crews are working on damage caused by a tree over the...

Total fire ban announced across Victoria

A day of Total Fire Ban has been declared for tomorrow (21 November) for the entire State of Victoria.‬ ‪No fire can be lit in...

Fatal collision in Wandin North

Police and emergency services are seeking information about a fatal collision in Wandin North this morning (20 November). Investigators have been told a motorcycle and...

Upper Ferntree Gully’s best of the best

As Upper Ferntree Gully Fire Brigade’s Chris Lind reflected on his Firefighter of the Year award, he dedicated it to the NSW Rural Fire...

Police fire up against reckless blazes this summer

As the state settles in for another sweltering summer, Victoria Police is preparing to activate Operation Safeguard, aiming to reduce the occurrence and impact...

What does the Ranges Trader Mail mean to you?

We asked 40 of our readers and contributors ‘What does the Ranges Trader Mail mean to you?’ to mark the paper’s 40th anniversary. The responses...

One man show continues to grow

In November 1979 Don Fitzgerald started a community newspaper. The aptly called Emerald Trader came out every Thursday and was advertised as a community newspaper...

Old school ties

Despite being born a century apart, Emerald Primary School and the Ranges Trader are united through time as well as in print. In November 1979,...

Four decades of news

PRECEDE For the past four decades, The Ranges Trader Mail has been at the forefront in bringing the community’s hot issues, triumphs and tragedies to...

Town changes, but gardens remain timeless

In the past 40 years, Emerald has developed from a quiet rural town into a thriving South-eastern suburb of Greater Melbourne. Emerald is a town...

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Farewelling a fantastic career

Montrose Primary School principal Neil Pollard may only have two weeks left of his 46-year career, but he’s not counting down the days. “I’m terribly...