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Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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Moyne Shire Council on 'solid footing' for new financial year

Moyne Shire Council is on a solid financial footing as it signs off on its annual financial report. Moyne Shire councillors have signed off on the annual financial report as the council ended the financial year with nearly $3 million more than they budgeted for. → Read More

South West Coast Labor candidate Kylie Gaston hits back at Liberal MP Roma Britnell

Kylie Gaston said the Liberals complained and made promises but never delivered. → Read More

Port Fairy skate park plans at risk from threatened birds

The Latham's Snipe is not critically endangered, but as a migratory bird that spends its non-breeding season in eastern Australia, its habitat is carefully protected. A vulnerable shore bird may have put skate park plans on the endangered list in a setback for a south-west council. → Read More

Portland District Health announces new CEO

Portland District Health has appointed Samantha Sharp as its new chief executive officer. Portland District Health has appointed a new chief executive officer after more than 12 months without a permanent chief. → Read More

Locals start petition for Tower Hill visitor centre

Worn Gundidj was heartened by the gesture, but said it wouldn't stop the closure → Read More

Warrnambool surgeries virtually unchanged by long weekend

Surgeries and appointments in Warrnambool will be virtually unchanged by the coming four-day weekend. Surgeries in Warrnambool will be virtually unaffected by the impromptu four-day weekend created by Thursday's day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II and Friday's AFL Grand Final public holiday. → Read More

Dan Tehan hints at federal government funding for Port Fairy drinking water pipeline

John Konings, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, and David McLean review the 2100-signature petition calling for Wannon Water to build a drinking water pipeline to Port Fairy. Picture by Anthony Brady Federal Member for Wannon Dan Tehan has lent his backing to the community push for a Port Fairy drinking water pipeline and hinted at possible federal funding for the project. → Read More

Lyndoch Living to investigate how board receives reports from executive

Lyndoch Living acting chief executive Ted Rayment says he will be looking into the way reports are presented to Lyndoch's board of directors. Picture by Anthony Brady Lyndoch Living will investigate the way its board receives reports from management after concerns key information might be escaping the scrutiny of directors. → Read More

New acting Lyndoch Living CEO vows to restore quality care and rebuild reputation

Ted Rayment said he would work out "what went wrong" at the aged care organisation. → Read More

Moyne Shire Council announces funding priorities ahead of Victorian state election

Money for the multi-million dollar Koroit Streetscape Plan sits at the top of Moyne Shire Council's priority wish list for government spending in the lead up to the state election. Moyne Shire mayor Ian Smith says getting $10 million to overhaul Koroit's tired main street is the council's top funding priority ahead of the Victorian election. → Read More

Federal Wannon MP Dan Tehan worried Albanese Labor Government will cut local funding

Mr Tehan says there is no excuse for cutting projects that have been "fully costed". → Read More

Robin Boyd Tower Hill visitor centre closure 'extremely disappointing', state MP says

South West Coast political candidates have spoken out about the closure of Tower Hill's iconic visitor centre to the public, calling for greater government support. Political candidates for South West Coast have criticised an apparent lack of state government support after Worn Gundidj Aboriginal Co-operative announced it was closing the Tower Hill visitor centre to the general public. → Read More

Tower Hill Robin Boyd visitor centre closing to general public

Retail and cafe services will cease from October 3, but tours will continue. → Read More

Moyne Shire councillors worried about number of dead bats at wind farm

The Salt Creek Wind Farm has been killing dozens of Grey-headed Flying Foxes, which are listed as vulnerable. Picture by Justine McCullagh-Beasy Councillors say they are worried about the number of dead bats being found at a wind farm in the north-east corner of Moyne Shire. → Read More

Three thieves Port Fairy's Leskes Jewellers hit in smash and grab

The boarded up shop window of Leskes Jewellers on Bank Street in Port Fairy, where three thieves performed a smash and grab in the early hours of Friday morning. A boutique Port Fairy jeweller has been hit in a three-person smash and grab operation in the early hours of Friday morning. → Read More

Warrnambool auction results show solid market despite interest rate rise

Ray White auctioneer Fergus Torpy said the results under the hammer on Saturday were a sign the Warrnambool market was holding up well to interest rate pressures. Picture by Chris Doheny Warrnambool notched another strong weekend of auction results on Saturday, with all three listed properties selling under the hammer. → Read More

Warrnambool police talk down man threatening to burn down house

Siege at corner of Hyland Street and Aikins Road, Warrnambool Police and a senior team manager from the Warrnambool paramedic unit attend a siege on the western fringe of central Warrnambool. Picture by Ben Silvester Police have avoided a fiery end to a siege in central Warrnambool on Saturday morning. → Read More

Warrnambool police talk down man threatening to burn down house

The man was known to police and was brandishing a jerry can and lighter → Read More

Authority to hold information session on upcoming Bromfield Street weir removal

The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority will answer community questions about its plans to remove the old weir on the Merri River. The Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority is hosting a session to answer community questions about the removal of the Bromfield Street weir. → Read More

Moyne Shire Council endorses Panmure quarry over passionate community objections

Geoff Rollinson, left, has led the community opposition to the Panmure basalt quarry proposed by Janelle and Ben McLeod, right, raising a range of environmental and cultural heritage concerns about the project. Moyne Shire Council has endorsed a proposed Panmure quarry despite impassioned and at times emotional public opposition at Tuesday's monthly council meeting. → Read More