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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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February 3, 2024

Records tumble at weekend auctions in Torquay

SATURDAY auctions in Torquay achieved remarkable results, with two properties selling for a combined $11 million. 82 The Esplanade sold within its range of $7.8...

February 3, 2024

Geelong research reveals new hope for obesity-induced heart disease

RESEARCHERS at Deakin University have identified a connection between obesity and amyloid beta, a protein known for its role in Alzheimer's Disease development. Obesity-induced heart...

February 3, 2024

Breakthrough in medical mystery surrounding Buruli ulcer

RESEARCHERS have solved the long-standing 80-year mystery of the Buruli ulcer's spread across the Geelong region. The group from the WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium...

February 3, 2024

Loco’s brings new tastes to Barwon Heads

In the hospitality world, Matt Vero is a name that commands attention. The MoL pub group owner is the force behind Armadale's Orrong Hotel, Healesville...

February 1, 2024

Environmental lawyers challenge EPA approval of incinerator

BY ANGUS SMITH AND ELLIE CLARINGBOLD ENVIRONMENTAL lawyers are calling for government intervention to halt a proposed waste-to-energy facility in Lara. Opponents are also fundraising to raise...

February 1, 2024

Resilience on the waves: the inspiring journey of Dave Kovacic

IN 2012, a severe ear infection took a devastating turn for Dave Kovacic, a local IT worker and avid water-sportsman. The infection spread to his...

February 1, 2024

Petition to save critically endangered Victorian dolphins

A PETITION for a federal Parliamentary inquiry has been launched to protect dolphins and other marine life from the harmful impacts of long-lasting pollutants...

January 31, 2024

Geelong Gallery unveils 2024 program

GEELONG Gallery is set to dazzle art enthusiasts in 2024 with a diverse array of exhibitions, showcasing everything from contemporary Australian printmaking to major...

January 31, 2024

Suburbs in extreme rental crisis

NEW data has revealed almost half of all Australian suburbs are in extreme rental pain, according to property research group Suburbtrends. The "Rental Pain Index"...

January 30, 2024

Staff wanted as labour market remains tight

NEW figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show the labour market remains relatively tight, with job vacancies 71 per cent higher than...

January 28, 2024

Green power surge: Geelong’s business energy revolution

THE City of Greater Geelong, in partnership with more than 50 Victorian councils, has created the Business Renewables Buyers Group, a move that consolidates...

January 27, 2024

SCEG seeks answers on bus network reform

SURF Coast Energy Group (SCEG) has called on the Department of Transport and Planning to disclose the start date for the new bus network...

January 25, 2024

Exclusive access to the Australian Open with Port Phillip Ferries

PORT Phillip Ferries has teamed up with AO Travel to offer exclusive Australian Open ticket and ferry packages. These packages include premium seats at Rod...

January 24, 2024

VCAT approves St Albans Park subdivision

VICTORIA'S planning umpire has approved a controversial St Albans Park subdivision. The application to Greater Geelong Council was for a permit to develop the land...

January 23, 2024

Portarlington’s $30M hotel rejected by City of Greater Geelong

THE City of Greater Geelong has rejected plans for the Drooping Sheoak hotel and wellness centre, a five-story, $30 million development initially planned for...

January 22, 2024

Union to shut down regional train network again

V/LINE workers will strike again next week after union and company representatives failed to find common ground in enterprise agreement negotiations. The Rail Tram and...

January 22, 2024

Victorian government to crack down on pushy showerhead salespeople

THE State Government is moving to crack down on the tactics of pushy salespeople offering free water-saving showerheads. Residents have reported an increase in the...

January 21, 2024

Epworth Geelong celebrates 20th anniversary of robotic surgery in Australia

Inspired by a surgical revolution he witnessed in the USA, urologist Professor Tony Costello spearheaded the introduction of robotic surgery in Australia. "I had seen...

January 21, 2024

$20 Million Boost for Mobile Coverage in Urban Fringes

GEELONG will benefit from a $20 million Commonwealth investment aimed at enhancing mobile coverage. The second round of the Peri-Urban Mobile Program (PUMP) is now...

January 19, 2024

Torquay’s coastal gem: stately 7-bedroom beach house set for auction

IN A STRIKING revelation to the Torquay real estate scene, a luxurious 7-bedroom beach house is set to go under the hammer this February. Nestled...

January 19, 2024

A Coastal Haven at 1/4 Park Lane, Torquay

TORQUAY'S vibrant real estate market is set to be stirred with the listing of a delightful 3-bedroom beach residence at 1/4 Park Lane. This single-level...

January 19, 2024

Victoria Police release CCTV footage of $4 million suspicious fire at Christian College Geelong

VICTORIA Police have released CCTV footage in relation to a “suspicious fire” at a Waurn Ponds School earlier this month. The CCTV and images depict...

January 19, 2024

Rescuers report worst rip currents ever seen on coast

A HARROWING weekend marked by rips, rescues, and tragic drownings along Victoria's coastline has prompted lifesavers to issue an urgent warning. Surfer Jack Minter was...

January 19, 2024

A rare chance to acquire Torquay’s premier property: 82 the esplanade

Auction details: Saturday, 3rd February 2024, 1.30 pm EMBRACE the epitome of Surf Coast living at 82 The Esplanade, Torquay VIC 3228. The property is spread...