The beauty of Olinda on display

Open Gardens Victoria will open the gates to two picturesque Olinda gardens next month. The Gaythorpe garden and Eungella garden will open to the public on 1 and 2 February. As visitors step into the Gaythorpe garden, they will be greeted by a one hectare hillside space owned and created by Simon Gaythorpe. “The garden’s […]

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Kangaroo shot with arrow in Lysterfield Park

At a time when bushfires are raging across the country and a predicted billion animals have been killed, the news that a kangaroo has been shot with an arrow in Lysterfield and then left for dead can only be described as a disgusting, upsetting and an utterly egregious act of animal cruelty. The roo, which […]

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Survival Day to honour First Nations People

While thousands of Victorians mark Australia Day as a day of celebration, hundreds of Hills residents come together every year on 26 January at Belgrave’s Brothwick Park to instead commemorate a day of survival. Showcasing a blend of Aboriginal music, dance, food and stories, the 13th annual Belgrave Survival Day on 26 January will celebrate […]

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Rally for recycling

At 10am on December 18, a group of concerned Yarra Ranges residents gathered at James Merlino’s Belgrave office to present him with a 50-page petition of people in support of a Container Deposit System (CDS) to help fix our recycling and litter problems. Peter Cook from the Emerald-based Dandenong Ranges Renewable Energy Association was one […]

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Garratt expectations

Coinciding with Puffing Billy’s 119th birthday, a fully restored cab, South African Class NG/G16 129 Garratt locomotive became operational on 18 December, 2019. The unveiling fulfils a 23-year-old project of fundraising and restoration works. Built by Beyer Peacock & Co of Manchester, England, in 1951 for the South African Railways, the NG/G16 was a class […]

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Siblings raise over $2000 for fire relief

Community spirit has been at its best in recent weeks, with goods and money from all over the country being donated to fire-affected regions. Even the youngest community members are doing their bit to help. On 11 January, siblings Zac (10-years-old) and Tilly (8-years-old) hosted a lemonade stand in Mooroolbark with the support of Montrose […]

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