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May 26, 2022

No easy fix for worker housing crisis

LORNE traders say a key worker shortage is still having a drastic impact on their businesses, one year after Surf Coast Shire council declared...

May 26, 2022

Intersection, lane closed during road revamp

CREWS have started a construction blitz at Barwon Heads Road that will disrupt busy intersections until mid-next month. From tomorrow (May 27), Barwon Heads Road...

May 24, 2022

Take-off wait for new Avalon airline

UPSTART airline Bonza is yet to confirm its first flight dates from Avalon Airport following delays with the new business's rollout. But the carrier's first...

May 23, 2022

Regional solar plan

A RENEWABLE energy coalition is exploring potential mini solar power grids at north Torquay and Lorne to improve network reliability. Surf Coast Shire council, Monash...

May 23, 2022

Camping expansion sparks fears for reserve’s future

A "LAND grab" of Apollo Bay green space has frustrated residents who believe a camping infrastructure project is going ahead without adequate consultation. The Great...

May 23, 2022

State panel finalises Viva hearings

GEELONG Grammar School and GeelongPort will lead a challenge to a planned Floating Gas Terminal at Corio Bay when public hearings on the proposal...

May 23, 2022

Build delay for new Winch playspace

A NEW Barwon River playground for Winchelsea is on hold while the Surf Coast Shire refines plans for potential builders. The council said construction industry...

May 20, 2022

Let’s rocky and roll

CHOCOLATE lovers are going nuts over a sweet line-up of new flavours at a local Rocky Road festival happening all this month. Bellbrae's Great Ocean...

May 20, 2022

Aireys in top town ballot

AIREYS Inlet is encouraging Surf Coast residents to vote twice this week. The Surf Coast hamlet is once again a finalist in the Victorian Tourism...

May 18, 2022

Athletics track plan clears first hurdle

SURF Coast Shire council has given provisional support for a purpose-built athletics facility at Torquay, with officers to consider funding a feasibility study for...

May 17, 2022

War exhibit draws huge crowd

ORGANISERS and attendees have lauded the success of a historic Anglesea war history exhibition. More than 1000 people visited the Know Our Names exhibition over...

May 11, 2022

Common sense urged to save community produce stand

SURF Coast Shire council is reviewing an infringement notice that ordered the removal of a popular Winchelsea community garden. An "Honest and Free" stand and...

May 11, 2022

Winchelsea celebrates community initiatives

WINCHELSEA'S Eastern Reserve has a new solar system and is home to a community meal-sharing program under a pair of sponsored initiatives. RACV and its...

May 10, 2022

Shire releases $4 million pool plan

NEW designs for a multi-million-dollar rebuild of Winchelsea Pool are on public display. Surf Coast Shire Council has released a concept design that received approval...

May 9, 2022

2000 submissions on controversial gas hub

A PROPOSED Floating Gas Terminal at Corio Bay has drawn more than 2000 submissions as a state planning panel finalises dates for public hearings...

May 7, 2022

Jones’ heart still beats true

MELBOURNE Demons 306-game legend Nathan Jones will be back in red and blue in July when he makes a one-off appearance for Portarlington. Port have...

May 6, 2022

Valuations reveal property price blowout

MORE than $25 billion has been added to residential property value across the Surf Coast, Bellarine and Geelong region in an eye-watering rise that...

May 6, 2022

Health, transport and Games headline State Budget

A GEELONG women and children's hospital, new transport projects and Commonwealth Games billions are the local highlights of the 2022-23 State Budget. Treasurer Tim Pallas...

May 6, 2022

City wants state to pay for Games

THE City of Greater Geelong expects the state government to foot the bill for the 2026 Commonwealth Games, with no money yet allocated for...

May 3, 2022

Algae outbreak cleared

COAST authorities have declared the Barwon River safe after a blue-green algae outbreak dissipated. Barwon Coast Committee of Management last week cleared parts of the...

May 2, 2022

Questions raised about another Lorne landmark

A STATE land manager says all aspects of the Point Grey redevelopment are under review as a local stakeholder raises fresh questions about the...

May 1, 2022

Casual sick pay plan begins in Geelong

GEELONG workers have started signing up for an Australia-first program to provide sick leave for casual and contract employees. The State Government launched its Sick...

May 1, 2022

Local clubs thrilled with Games coup

GEELONG'S budding young swimmers can't wait for the Commonwealth Games to make a splash in their town. Aquatics is one of the seven sports on...

April 30, 2022

Electric car show rolls into Geelong

THE latest and greatest in electric vehicle manufacturing will be on display at Geelong Showgrounds this weekend as part of a local plan to...