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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Wallan incident: buses used on North-East link

The Department of Transport advises that due to the ongoing incident near Wallan, coaches are currently replacing services on the Seymour, Shepparton and Albury lines until further notice. Passengers should check the V/Line website or app for the most up to date information before they travel. Traffic is expected to be heavier around Southern Cross

Politics

Push for Black Spur alternative

The need to separate motor vehicles from cyclist on the Maroondah Hwy from Fernshaw to St Ronan’s Well was emphasised at a tour organised by the Black Spur Action Group on Saturday (Feb. 22). Organisers including Ray Donkin and Peter Johnson welcomed a full load of passengers of a bus tour of an alternative track

Local People

Funds raised for Cuboree

1st Alexandra Scouts staged a fundraising barbecue in Grant St, Alexandra, on Saturday (Feb. 22). Pictured are (from left) Kelly Menzies, Kate Jenkins, Lottie Weisse, Amanda Moore and Violet De Groot. The funds will go towards members attending a Cuboree at Gilwell Park, Gembrook, from September 28-October 2.

Council News

$391,800 lights project at Yea Rec. proposed

Murrindindi Shire Council is making application to the State Government for a $391,800 lights project at the Yea Recreation Reserve. Councillors are set vote on Wednesday to consider the application of a Sport Recreation Victoria grant for the oval lighting project. If successful with the $250,000 Government grant, Council will look to approve the allocation

Local People

$800 cheque for Legacy

Terry Livy, Secretary of the Alexandra Bowling Club, presented a cheque for $800 to the local Legacy Group at Legacy’s February meeting at the RSL Hall, Alexandra. “The donation was raised by competitors at the annual Shep Morehu competition at the Bowling Club on Thursday, January 16,” Terry said. “Alexandra bowler, Shep More-hu, left $10,000

Council News

Solar system giveaway

Murrindindi Council, together with Yarra Energy Foundation and Eko Energy, will donate a 5kW Solar System to a community group. Murrindindi Council’s ‘Dindi Bulk Buy Program’ launched back in April 2018. Since then, some 65 solar systems – totalling a 318 kW of solar power capacity – have been installed on the rooftops of homes

Community News

Transport alert for Friday

Due to the railway incident near Wallan, there will be changes to regular services on the Seymour, Shepparton and Albury lines today (Fri.), says a Department of Transport ‘alert’. “Due to ongoing industrial action on the V/Line network there may be some cancellations to services on other lines today. In the event of this passengers

Local People

Thanks to Montsalvat and local artists

Eltham MLA Vicki Ward has thanked organisers at Montsalvat and local artists for the exhibition held in support of the Victorian Bushfire Appeal, with funds managed by the community arm of Bendigo Bank. “At the opening we were privileged to hear from Malcolm Hackett, who is the chair of the board of volunteer directors who

Council News

Countdown to Clean Up

Local councils are calling on community groups and individuals around the region to join in the Australia-wide clean up on Sunday, March 1. Clean Up Australia Day is the nation’s largest community-based mobilisation event. Last year more than 680,000 volunteers removed more than 15,000 ute-loads of rubbish from 6,901 locations across the country. In Murrindindi

Politics

Pipeline in Parliament: 10-year anniversary marked

The huistory of the ill-fated North-South Pipeline, and the struggles by Yea woman Jan Beer, were highlighted in State Parliament this week. “The north–south pipeline stands as a reminder of how city-centric, arrogant Labor governments have little regard or respect for those living in country Victoria,” Ms McLeish told the Legislative Assembly. “It was 10

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Community News

Power restored after ANOTHER outage

Electricity is being restored to approximately 2700 users in the Murrindindi region tonight (Thurs.) after another unplanned outage. A tree over power lines is thought to be the source of the problem. According to Ausnet, the company that operates the ‘hardware’ of the electricity network, 2692 homes were affected by tonight’s breakdown: Acheron (122 customers),

Latest Issue

OUT NOW. Latest Issue: Wed., Feb. 19, 2020

Read the latest 104-page issue of The Local Paper, free, online. T Tuesday afternoon’s storm knocked out the electricity supply at the newspaper office – right on press time. We were unable to restore power supplies in time for our print edition schedule. This means we missed our print and distribution deadlines. This means that

Police News

4 die in Mangalore air crash

Police are currently in Mangalore following an aircraft collision this morning (Wed.). Emergency services were called to two separate crash scenes east of the Mangalore airfield about 11.25am. It is believed two aircraft have collided mid-air before crashing. Two occupants in each aircraft have died at the scenes. The four persons are yet to be

Council News

Prominent Whittlesea Councillor resigns

Ricky Kirkham has resigned as a Whittlesea City Councillor. The former Mayor’s resignation takes effect immediately (Mon., Feb. 17). He issued a statement today: “It has been an immense honour and privilege to serve our community for the past seven years. “In that time, I have been proud to witness the very best of our

Police News

9 arrested after Eltham North invasion

Police have arrested nine people following an aggravated home invasion in Ramptons Rd, Eltham North. Mill Park Serious Crime Taskforce detectives simultaneously executed nine search warrants about 6am, arresting three men and six youths. Two 18-year-old men from Kurunjang and Brookfield have been charged with aggravated home invasion, assault offences including intentionally causing injury, theft

Sport

Thornton-Eildon axes men’s footy teams for 2020

Thornton-Eildon will not field Seniors and Reserves men’s football teams in 2020. TEDFNC President Dave Stirling made the announcement today (Fri.), citing the departure of key personnel, and the inability to recruit replacements in time for the season which begins on April 18. Thornton-Eildon were due to be one of nine teams in the Seniors

Community News

Hundreds of thousands lost through power outages

UPDATE: An electricity user in Acheron reports power being restored at 12.38pm Thursday. A resident of Bayley St, Alexandra, says their electricity was restored at 1.25pm. EARLIER: The Alexandra community is suffering again today (Thurs.) with yet another interruption to the electricity supply. Power went off this morning, and Ausnet says the expected re-connection time

Death Notice

Funeral service for Fr Ellis Jones

The life of a former rector of St Luke’s Anglican Church in Yea, Fr Ellis Jones, will be celebrated at a service at 1pm on Friday week, February 21, at St Paul’s Bakery Hill ion Ballarat. Fr Jones was active whilst in Yea, and in addition to her church and pastoral work, had been a

Police News

Diamond Creek woman missing

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing woman Maricris Albis. It is believed the 27-year-old was last seen at a house in Diamond Creek on Saturday (Feb. 8) but has not been seen since. Investigators have released the image of Maricris in the hope that someone may be able to provide information

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Sport

Greg Clements wins Yea golf medal

Wednesday saw another fantastic turnout of 34 golfers for the 7th round of the Gender Challenge. P laying stroke and putting, competition was strong with Ladies Captain Vicky Butler (34) winning the day on CB from Allan Thatcher (21) with a nett 68. Third was Graeme Bryant (23) nett 69 from David Ngo (22) 70

Sport

Diamond Valley latest cricket scores

BARCLAY SHIELDResults. Diamond Creek 4/105 TN McLean 41 J Adams 30 J Henkel 2/49 def Epping 104 A Licovski 29 DR Gilbert 4/15 M Keenan 3/31 Plenty 128 CC Prasad 39 K Singh 27 S Shelton 4/29 N Pietsch 4/31 def by Rosanna 1/132 DC Marsh 52* S Sheehan 42 Lower Eltham 7/93 MD Costa

Sport

Waranga North Eastern Football League reunion

Our photographer was at the Waranga North Eastern Football League reunion at Avenel today (Sunday). Here is a preview of our photo spread to be published in this Wednesday’s issue of The Local Paper.

Local People

Being happy and communicating that happiness to others

Local donors to the bushfire fundraiser included Ed Davies of Yea (artwork), Dino Giammarino of St Andrews (wine), Winston Hawke of Eltham (artwork), Courtney Hill of Rob Dolan Wines of South Warrandyte (wine), Simon Lee of Greenstone Wines of Yarra Glen (wine), Geoff Boulter of Taylor Bay Country Club (accommodation), Doug Golden of Flowerdale (pizza

Police News

Summons for Jack Russell

Jack Russell, of Francis St, Yea, says that he was served with a Summons by Police on Sunday (Feb. 9), alleging trespass and refusing to leave a Murrindindi Shire Council meeting at the Yea Shire Hall in December. He will fight the charge at Seymour Magistrates’ Court on March 12.

Emergency Services

Black Spur closed

The Maroondah Highway is closed between Healesville and Narbethong, through the ‘Black Spur’ due to emergency works.  Motorists should avoid the area and use the Melba and Goulburn Valley highways through Yea and Alexandra. This is a significant detour that could add more than an hour to the journey. Drivers should plan ahead to allow

Council News

Shire seeks to reassure clients

Murrindindi Deputy Mayor Cr Margaret Rae is seeking to reassure aged and disability services clients that they are in good hands. The Council issued a media statement this week to reassure the clients that everything will be fine with the new service providers. “From January 1 2020, aged and disability services in Murrindindi Shire are

Council News

Singer-songwriter skills sessions

Murrindindi Shire Council is inviting aspiring young singers and songwriters to express their creativity at free songwriting workshops in Kinglake and Alexandra. The Council, supported by Creative Victoria and the Victorian Government’s FReeZA youth development program, is excited to be delivering this initiative for the community. Youth and Recreation Portfolio Councillor, Charlie Bisset, said the

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