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About: Angus Smith

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Angus is a multimedia reporter at the Surf Coast Times. He has experience with breaking news, investigative and feature stories. Follow him on Twitter @angussmithh.

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July 14, 2024

Treaty another step closer for Victoria

THE Victorian government has advanced Treaty negotiations with the launch of the Treaty Negotiations Database. Launched this week by the Treaty Authority, the database will...

July 11, 2024

Ocean Grove begins NAIDOC Week

BARWON Coast has started NAIDOC Week with a smoking ceremony in Ocean Grove. Wadawurrung woman and cultural strengthening general manager at Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal...

July 9, 2024

Residents demand accountability for seismic blasting proposal

COASTAL residents have united to send a message to global data company TGS after it rejected multiple requests to hold community consultation sessions on...

July 8, 2024

Nurses and midwives secure 28.4 per cent pay rise

NURSES and midwives in Victoria are set to receive a significant pay increase following a new agreement approved by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery...

July 7, 2024

Tiny Towns Fund improves spaces in Bellarine communities

BELLARINE'S smallest towns are set to benefit from a series of new community-led projects via the Victorian government's $20 million Tiny Towns Fund. Bellarine MP...

July 6, 2024

Registrations open for 2025 People’s Ride

REGISTRATIONS have opened for the TAC People's Ride in next year's Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race Over 3,000 riders are expected to take to...

July 4, 2024

Legislation to end live sheep exports passes parliament

THE federal Parliament has passed legislation to end the export of live sheep by sea, marking a significant step forward in animal welfare. The law,...

July 3, 2024

Barwon Heads main jetty reopens after significant upgrades

THE Barwon Heads Main Jetty has reopened to the public following extensive maintenance works aimed at ensuring its safety and longevity. The renovation included replacing...

July 1, 2024

Unemployment rate falls to 4.0% in May

NEW data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point to 4.0 per...

June 30, 2024

Training program to boost region’s energy-efficient home construction

THE Victorian government has launched a new initiative to train construction workers in building energy-efficient homes. The Renewable Homes Construction program, announced by Energy and...

June 29, 2024

Regional Victoria home prices fall as national market shows resilience

REGIONAL Victoria has seen a drop in home prices, according to the latest PropTrack Market Insight Report. Home prices in regional Victoria have fallen by...

June 26, 2024

First Nations’ approaches to be integrated into regional Vic agriculture training

A $2 MILLION investment by the state government will support projects embedding Aboriginal traditional knowledge and practices into accredited TAFE agriculture training, aiming to...

June 24, 2024

Queenscliff marine rescue volunteers to receive new vessel

QUEENSCLIFF'S Marine Search and Rescue (MSAR) volunteers are set to benefit from a new vessel, with Victorian company Alumarine appointed to carry out the...

June 23, 2024

Victorians urged to donate blood as new system tracks supply levels

In a bid to encourage more frequent blood donations, Australian Red Cross Lifeblood has launched a real-time tracking system for blood supply levels, coinciding...

June 21, 2024

Albo and Coker celebrate student success on Bellarine visit

PRIME Minister Anthony Albanese visited the Bellarine last week to join Corangamite federal member Libby Coker in celebrating the success stories of Fee-Free TAFE...

June 21, 2024

Tens of thousands of new homes slated for Geelong region

COUNCILS across Victoria have been tasked with identifying areas to build new homes to meet future growth. The state government is engaging in local government...

June 20, 2024

Bellarine wineries benefit from renewed China trade

BELLARINE wineries are optimistic about the future as Australian wine exports to China surpass $86 million in just one month since tariffs were lifted...

June 19, 2024

Men’s Sheds receive funding boost

THE Victorian government has announced new funding aimed at enhancing community health and wellbeing through the latest round of the Men's Shed Funding Program. Grant...

June 19, 2024

Victoria boosts early intervention to tackle homelessness and family violence

THE Victorian government has committed $1.1 billion to early intervention programs aimed at reducing family violence and homelessness as part of the 2024/25 budget. This...

June 18, 2024

Queenie to Perform as Queenscliff music festival reveals more acts

MELBOURNE singer-songwriter Queenie, the fearless trash queen alter-ego of Eloise Thetford, is set to make her debut at the Queenscliff Music Festival, captivating the...

June 18, 2024

Students welcome fee relief

LOCAL students have welcomed recent government announcements aimed at reducing HELP debt and alleviating the costs of prac placements. The federal government's initiative will benefit...

June 17, 2024

New rental standards target slumlords

The Victorian government has announced new measures to make the region's rental properties safer and more energy efficient, aiming to lower power bills and...

June 12, 2024

Council boosts community spirit with $4.48 million grant pool

THE City of Greater Geelong has announced the availability of nearly $4.48 million in grants for the 2024-25 financial year. This marks an increase of...

June 12, 2024

Funding to upgrade Bellarine coast safety and access

THE Bellarine Peninsula's coastline is set for major improvements in safety and access through recent state government grant allocations. The Coastal Public Access and Risk...