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January 26, 2022

Dyson returns to Wannon ballot

GOVERNMENT accountability, climate action and a need for fresh voices in Parliament underpin independent candidate Alex Dyson’s second tilt at the federal seat of...

January 26, 2022

Erosion fix moving ahead

WORK on a $7.4 million project to address coastal erosion at Apollo Bay is progressing but is set to continue beyond summer. The state government...

January 25, 2022

Excitement builds for Winch Hall opening

WINCHELSEA residents will get their first look at a redeveloped Shire Hall building next month. Winchelsea Community House (WCH) and the Surf Coast Shire will...

January 25, 2022

Accessibility boost for beach parks

GEELONG and the Surf Coast will each have access to new accessible restrooms following a new round of state government funding. Geelong's Rippleside Park and...

January 25, 2022

Ambulances under strain amid staff shortages

LOCAL paramedics are under pressure from "unprecedented" demand for ambulance services as a surge in COVID-19 cases strain the Victorian healthcare system. Ambulance Victoria (AV)...

January 24, 2022

COVID’s impact curbs some council services

GEELONG garbos have felt the squeeze of the region's COVID-19 outbreak, but the city's other services are continuing as normal. The City of Greater Geelong...

January 24, 2022

Surf Coast, Geelong dominate hot property list

GEELONG and Surf Coast property remains the hottest in regional Victoria, and the area now has a $2 million suburb. Real estate industry figures, owners...

January 24, 2022

Cafe tips in for Op Shop appeal

A WINCHELSEA cafe is foregoing tips to support an appeal to rebuild the town's hospital-fundraising op shop. Sweet Thyme Cafe has donated $1,000 to a...

January 21, 2022

Geelong to open cricket World Cup

Geelong cricket fans will see the first ball of this year’s T20 cricket World Cup bowled in their backyard. The sport’s governing body, the International...

January 17, 2022

Users can make a splash at revamped pool

WINCHELSEA residents have until the end of the month to help shape designs for the town's pool revamp. The Surf Coast Shire plans to upgrade...

January 13, 2022

Local sailors win twin Hobart crowns

TORQUAY sailor Stuart Richardson and his ship crew conquered treacherous seas to claim two handicap honours at the iconic Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht...

January 11, 2022

New year, new country for latest citizens

SURF Coast Shire has welcomed its newest Australian citizens at a year-ending ceremony. The shire welcomed 15 new citizens at its council chamber last month,...

January 10, 2022

Wye River erosion plan progress

WYE River residents will soon get their first look at a long-awaited report about permanent solutions for coastal erosion at the town’s beach, which...

January 10, 2022

Fire tower boosts local brigades

A CRUCIAL Otways fire-spotting tower has finished construction in time for the peak bushfire season. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) finished a $375,000 upgrade to...

January 4, 2022

Newcomb welcomes new nets

NEWCOMB cricketers hope to be steaming in at new nets next summer after receiving funding for an upgrade of their training facilities. A $400,000 development...

January 4, 2022

Tornadoes blow away competition

TORQUAY Hockey Club has capped off an incredible season by winning six premierships across its senior teams and junior age groups. The Tornadoes earned flags...

January 3, 2022

Enjoy outdoors responsibly this summer

STATE environment authorities are reminding summer campers to stay safe and look after their surroundings this season. Conservation Regulator Victoria and Forest Fire Management Victoria...

January 2, 2022

Anglesea War Memorial nears completion

SCULPTORS are applying the finishing touches to a new Anglesea War Memorial ahead of an unveiling early next year. The new memorial includes a stone...

December 30, 2021

Iron race launches 2022 events

A LOCAL favourite is set to kick off a bumper year for Surf Coast events when the Jim Wall Iron hits Torquay Surf Beach...

December 28, 2021

New plans for Winch servo

WINCHELSEA'S new service station is due to begin construction in mid-January and will incorporate new landscaping in place of extra parking. Developer John Mirobito lodged...

December 28, 2021

Point Grey design group begins meetings

A COMMUNITY panel has had its first meetings to decide on new plans for Lorne's Point Grey precinct that will scrap a controversial "Beacon"...

December 27, 2021

Exciting discovery of Otways marsupial mouse

A SURPRISING wildlife discovery near the Great Ocean Road has raised hopes for the survival of a native Surf Coast mammal. Dr Barbara Wilson and...

December 26, 2021

Soccer club scores important winner

SURF Coast Football Club has laid the foundations for a multi-million-dollar soccer facility redevelopment, which is set to deliver better experiences for players, spectators...

December 23, 2021

Festive fraud threat

POLICE and politicians have warned Geelong region residents of the risk of scams this Christmas, after a four-fold increase in scam activity this year...