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April 29, 2022

Ablett appearance thrills Winchelsea juniors

JUNIOR Winchelsea footballers had a training session to remember last week, when Geelong football royalty Gary Ablett junior visited the local footy club. Ablett made...

April 29, 2022

Business swells following return of surf classic

LOCAL business leaders have celebrated a "reawakening" of Torquay after a bumper holiday period which included the return of the iconic Rip Curl Bells...

April 28, 2022

Stingrays will wait for GCA jump

RESURGENT cricket club Surfcoast Stingrays has opted against moving up to the new Geelong Cricket Association fourth division next season and will instead focus...

April 27, 2022

Local input for climate funding

SURF Coast residents will decide which local climate projects receive a $5000 funding boost. Surf Coast Shire council has launched a "Pitch your project" initiative,...

April 27, 2022

Port’s Dee-light at AFL legend boost

A RECENTLY retired AFL superstar will pull on the boots for Portarlington this season, in an initiative the club says will provide a huge...

April 26, 2022

More road closures as upgrade pushes on

ROADS authorities will close another road at the Barwon Heads Road roundabout next week as work progresses on a major duplication project. Tannery Road, east...

April 25, 2022

Candidate forum for Ocean Grove

SOUTHERN Bellarine residents will have their chance to question federal election candidates at a community forum next week. Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads and Breamlea community...

April 24, 2022

Steep growth highlights investment needs

NEW figures show the Surf Coast is growing twice as fast as predicted in most recent estimates, prompting civic leaders to call for urgent...

April 24, 2022

Queer speaker to discuss inequality

STYLIST and queer rights activist Deni Todorovic headlines a Geelong community celebration of a worldwide awareness day. Todorovic is the guest speaker at the City...

April 24, 2022

Design delight as local event gains traction

GEELONG Design Week event hosts say they’re thrilled to see the landmark local event gaining further relevance and popularity as it highlights the city’s...

April 24, 2022

Major rebuild for Deans Marsh hall

A MULTI-MILLION dollar upgrade of Deans Marsh community facilities is on the cards, with the Surf Coast Shire in early stages of planning for...

April 21, 2022

Blues reap rewards from college connections

COUNTRY boys moving to the big smoke for study has proved a bountiful recruiting ground for Winchelsea, which has welcomed 10 footballers on the...

April 21, 2022

Lofty rank for GOR travel experience

A LEADING travel guide has endorsed the Great Ocean Road's bona fides as one of Australia's best travel destinations. Travel publisher Lonely Planet listed the...

April 21, 2022

City’s grand plans to host Games

A BRAND-NEW indoor sports centre would be central to Geelong's hosting of the 2026 Commonwealth Games if the City of Greater Geelong (COGG) can...

April 20, 2022

Local help to track ocean crawlers

DEAKIN University has launched a citizen science project to help track movements of giant spider crabs and better understand the species. The curious crustaceans congregate...

April 19, 2022

Frustration at ongoing rubbish dumps

NORTH Torquay residents are becoming increasingly frustrated at their backroad street being treated as a garbage tip, with piles of hard rubbish and green...

April 18, 2022

State seeks providers for school mental health programs

THE state government is inviting mental health providers to apply for contracts to deliver a range of new school programs, which are set to...

April 14, 2022

Ammos finally granted its 20-year wish

A FINALS-LIKE crowd is set to roll into Queens Park on Good Friday for a standalone football fixture decades in the making. Geelong Amateur will...

April 14, 2022

MP repeats calls for Geelong Drug Court

TORQUAY-BASED State MP Stuart Grimley has renewed calls for a dedicated drug court for Geelong, which he argues would cut down on drug-fuelled crime...

April 13, 2022

Start gun sounds for track and field campaign

TORQUAY'S upstart little athletics community has launched a campaign for a dedicated local athletics centre, in a development that advocates say would have wide-ranging...

April 12, 2022

Aboriginal employment plan earns state commendation

BARWON Water has earned statewide recognition for its employment program for Indigenous people. The regional water authority's Aboriginal Employment and Retention Strategy won the Victorian...

April 12, 2022

Council flies flag for gender inclusivity

SURF Coast Shire council flew a transgender flag last week and will raise it to half-mast in November after it belatedly finalised a flag...

April 10, 2022

Council giving out pride grants

SURF Coast Shire council will offer grants to local groups aiming to increase awareness of gender issues. The council has made grants of up to...

April 9, 2022

Toy Library named nation’s best

SURF Coast Toy Library’s COVID bounceback has earned it the title of the best toy library in Australia. The Torquay community facility was crowned the...