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Saturday, May 30, 2020

OUT NOW. Latest Issue. Northern Edition. Wed., May 27, 2020

The latest issue of The Local Paper – Northern Edition is out now. This covers the Northcote, Preston, Whittlesea, Heidelberg and Diamond Valley areas. Free ‘hard copies’ are available from 100+ outlets. Also available free online:

Police News

TUESDAY UPDATE: Kangaroo Ground-Wattle Glen Rd still closed

6.30AM TUESDAY: Kangaroo Ground-Wattle Glen Road remains closed in both directions between Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road and Main Hurstbridge Road following a serious collision late yesterday. Motorists should plan to detour via Eltham or through Hurstbridge and Panton Hill. The detours will add significant time to the journey. There is limited access for local traffic

Council News

New bike station at Bundoora

Cyclists getting out and about now have access to a public bike pump and repair station has been installed at Bundoora in the City of Whittlesea. The installation has taken place at Norris Bank Reserve along the popular Darebin Creek bike trail. Bike paths are increasingly being used by both professional and recreational users, with

Police News

Critical injuries: Thornton crash

Kinglake police are investigating after they found a man with critical injures in a car crashed into a tree in Thornton this morning (Thurs.). The officers were out on patrol when they caught a glimpse of what they believed to be a dumped car just off Taggerty-Thornton Rd, about 3km from the Goulburn Valley Hwy

Ourselves

Local Paper print editions to resume

The Local Paper will soon return to print, following the announcement this week by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews of a gradual return to re-opening society. Since mid-March, Victorian community life has been virtually closed, with the clear message that people should stay at home to prevent the spreading of the Coronavirus. In some areas, up

Council News

41 new jobs for ‘Dindi

The Victorian Government has agreed to fund 41 positions within the Murrindindi municipality for a period of six months, in a total investment of $1.51 million. Shire CEO Craig Lloyd said this is a welcome boost for local people and the local economy. “We were thrilled by the prospect of partnering with the Victorian Government

Community News

Mt Evelyn man missing

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Mount Evelyn man James Parker. The 34-year-old was last seen in Mount Evelyn about 10.30am on Friday (May 8). Investigators believed James may be travelling in his Subaru Impreza with registration TML-278. Police and family hold concerns for James’s welfare as his disappearance is out

Council News

Dindi budget open for comment

Murrindindi Council endorsed the draft 2020/21 Budget for public exhibition at its Special Meeting on Wednesday last week (May 6). The meeting was held online and live-streamed via Council’s Facebook page, following the passage of new legislation allowing online council meetings to occur during COVID-19 restrictions. Murrindindi Shire Council Mayor Cr Leigh Dunscombe said the

Council News

Free immunisations

Murrindindi Shire Council’s Maternal and Child Health Service is providing free immunisations for children,five years and under, and has implemented a number of changes to the service during COVID-19 restrictions to help keep children and families safe and healthy. Council’s Early Learning Portfolio Councillor Sandice McAulay said that although it’s a busy and challenging time

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Council News

Memories of McLeans Rd Kindergarten

Families and educators past and present of McLeans Road Kindergarten are invited to share their memories before the start of construction of a new bigger facility later this year. Whittlesea Council will soon start building a two-room (66 place) kindergarten on the Bundoora site, replacing the single room, 40-year-old facility. Built in 1977, the launching

Council News

‘Dindi Live’ launched

Murrindindi Shire Council is launching a series of online events which feature local artists and performers as well as guest performances from talent outside the region. Council’s Tourism and Events Portfolio Councillor Jackie Ashe said Council’s new initiative, Dindi Live, will see Council work together with community groups and performers to create engaging online content,

Council News

Council by video

Murrindindi Shire Council conducted a meeting by video last Wednesday (May 6). In attendance were Crs Leigh Dunscombe (Chair), Margaret Rae, Jackie Ashe, Charlie Bisset, Eric Lording and Sandice McAulay. Cr Bec Bowles apologised for not being able to attend. Joining the Councillors were Shire officers: Craig Lloyd, Chief Executive Officer; Michael Ches-worth, Director Corporate

Local People

Dindi Sessions on Saturday

Home-grown local talent can be heard in ‘The Dindi Sessions’ this Saturday (May 16) when local band Satis Intent perform their premiere track Cherry River. This can be viewed on the Murrindindi Shire Youth Facebook page. There are releases of original music from talented young artists across the Murrindindi Shire. ‘The Dindi Sessions’ is an

Council News

Eildon survey to close on Friday

Murrindindi Shire is asking for responses to its online survey for the Eildon Reserve Precinct including Walter Moore and Thomas C. Marr Reserves, and the Council needs input. To view the concept plans and provide feedback, go to https://bit.ly/2KfonY4 or phone on 5772 0333. The survey is open until Friday (May 15).

Community News

Surprise $123,970 grant for Yea Showgrounds

The Yea Showgrounds are to get a $123,970 upgrade under a special Regional Agricultural Show Development Grant from the Federal Government announced this morning (Fri.). The funds will be used to upgrade Yea Showgroundsa power facilities including power to three cattle sheds, and major repairs to the heritage grandstand comprising underpinning of two side walls

Council News

Road works at Laurimar

Two big road projects to improve road usability and safety for motorists in the City of Whittlesea are on track and due to be completed this year, weather permitting. Works to install traffic lights at the intersection of Yan Yean Rd and Hazel Glen Drive started this month to improve traffic flow and reduce delays

Council News

Gin joint at Lilydale

Yarra Ranges Council has received an application for a hotel, lavender farm and associated ‘gin experience centre ‘in Lilydale. The development is at at 483-489 Maroondah Hwy, Lilydale and 169 Nelson Rd, Lilydale. This includes:• A residential hotel (including ancillary conference centre, gymnasium, restaurant, bar and spa),• A lavender gin experience centre (in association with

Coronavirus Pandemic

Virus testing day at Alex.

A drive-clinic to test local people during the COVID-19 lockdown was held by Alexandra District Health between 10am-1pm on Thursday (May 7). There was a line-up of cars at the old Alexandra Hospital site entrance (Myrtle and Cooper Sts), with waiting time up to one hour. People who are asymptomatic (do not have symptoms), were

Council News

Council meetings live-streamed

Council meetings are now able to be livestreamed completely, following changes to the Local Government Act to adapt to the COVID-19 situation. The Yarra Ranges Council meeting on Tuesday last week (May 5) was the first to be held completely online, with Councillors, Council Officers, Directors and the CEO dialling in to a video conference.

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Police News

83-year-old man missing

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Reservoir man John Pogias. The 83-year-old last spoke with family about 8am Tuesday morning (Apr. 28) but has not been heard from since. Police and family hold concerns for his welfare due to a medical condition and his disappearance is out of character. John may

Coronavirus Pandemic

Virus cases stabilise

The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the North-East has stablised over the past week, with just one more case in Banyule. These statistics, by local government area, indicate figures as at Tuesday (Apr. 28), as compared with the previous week: Banyule – 83 (82) Whittlesea – 22 (22) Nillumbik – 21 (21) Yarra Ranges

Police News

North Warrandyte man missing

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing North Warrandyte man Timothy Griffin. The 40-year-old was last seen in Upper Ferntree Gully on Thursday (April 23). Police have concerns for his welfare due to a medical condition and the length of time he has been missing. An image of Timothy has been released

Local People

Unusual ANZAC Day in Yea

It was an unusual ANZAC Day observance in Yea on Saturday (Apr. 25). Instead of a crowd of some hundreds, there were five people at the Cenotaph: • Jeffrey Swain, President of the Yea-Kinglake RSL Sub-Branch,• Frank Philip, Vice-President,• Mother Eden-Elizabeth Nicholls, of St Luke’s Anglican Parish, Yea and Molesworth,• Michelle Mussett, piper, and• Elaine

Council News

Nillumbik re-opens tip, recycling centre

Nillumbik Shire Council will reopen its Recycling and Recovery Centre on Friday, May 1, acting on advice from peak council body Local Government Victoria. The reopening follows its closure by Council on March 27 to ensure compliance with strict government COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene requirements. Mayor Cr Karen Egan said that next week’s re-opening

Ourselves

Minding our own business

For the record, the business name ‘Dindi Local’ belongs to Local Media Pty Ltd. Our company’s intellectual property includes: • our website www.Dindi.com.au • our prototype websites: Dindi.Biz and Dindi.TV • our newspaper The Local Paper (commonly referred to as ‘The Local’) • our registered business names with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission: Dindi Media,

Council News

Overland paid out by Whittlesea Council

The City of Whittlesea has reached a confidential settlement with former Chief Executive Officer Simon Overland, it was announced on Monday (Apr. 18) Mr Overland had instituted legal proceedings challenging his dismissal by the former Council. Mr Overland’s contract was terminated on December 10 by the former Council. His five-year contract was due to expire

Opinion

Opinion: Memories like elephants

This is in no way expressed as a threat, but simply as a statement of fact. There were many in all tiers of authority who could have helped local media operators and employees better survive their way through the devastating economic crisis brought by the Coronavirus pandemic. Many media outlets will never re-open. We will!

Politics

Re-open timber industry: MP

“In light of the destruction caused by the effective shutdown of the economy responding to the current pandemic, it’s illogical and irresponsible to continue with killing off the native timber industry,” said Jeff Bourman, MLC for the Eastern Region (Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party). “We need all the jobs we can get and given timber

Council News

0% rate move planned for Murrindindi

Murrindindi Council is proposing to not introduce a rate rise for the 2020-21 year. Shire Chief Executive Officer Craig Lloyd made the announcement at a special Council meeting held by videoconferencing last Wednesday afternoon (Apr. 15). Mr Lloyd said that he hoped that the zero rate rise would hopefully provide some quick relief for the

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