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April 2, 2020

Torquay Food Aid gets behind the wheel

TORQUAY Food Aid (TFA) volunteers were suddenly dismissed from their long-time Barwon Health site on the Surf Coast Highway last week, inspiring a rebrand...

April 2, 2020

Tough times ahead for creative industries

THE arts and entertainment industry is feeling the weight of the coronavirus pandemic, as live performances, programs and festivals are forced to...

April 2, 2020

GORCC closes its caravan parks and playgrounds

THE Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) temporarily closed its Torquay Foreshore, Anglesea Family and Lorne Foreshore Caravan Parks as of midnight of Wednesday...

April 2, 2020

Grapevine: Wine’s changing climate

When looking to the future of Australian wine, it’s worthwhile looking for parallels around the world, where growing conditions are similar to those of...

April 2, 2020

Great Ocean Food: Keep calm and carry on

I have always been a slightly anxious person.

I remember as a small child being particularly concerned when left alone while my mother did the...

April 2, 2020

Costa wants to know: what’s in your backyard?

COSTA Georgiadis wants children across Australia cooped up at home to grab a camera or mobile device to snap photos of what’s in their...

April 2, 2020

Expert wants new plan to save Victoria’s koalas

VICTORIA needs a new and well-resourced koala management plan to help the marsupials thrive amid growing threats from bushfires, habitat loss, disease and other...

April 2, 2020

State makes big investment in Forrest bike trails

MOUNTAIN bike enthusiasts will soon have new paths to ride in Forrest, through funding from the state government to rejuvenate existing tracks and establish...

April 2, 2020

Anglesea traders ask community to shop local

BUSINESSES in Anglesea are encouraging residents in the town to shop local and and keep traders ticking over during the coronavirus pandemic. Corinne Nigro from...

April 2, 2020

Here to help: Feed Me Surf Coast to launch very soon

A COLLECTIVE effort between the Torquay SLSC, a Bellarine community food project and one of the region’s federal Parliamentarians has established a...

March 31, 2020

$130 billion wage subsidy package announced

EMPLOYERS will be paid $1,500 a fortnight per worker for the next six months to keep them on the books as part of the...

March 29, 2020

Coronavirus update: public gatherings restricted to two, over 70s to self-isolate, moratorium on evictions

PUBLIC gatherings will be restricted to two people and those over the age of 70 will be "strongly advised" to self-isolate, according to the...

March 28, 2020

Surf Coast Shire council closes its beaches

THE Surf Coast Shire council has made the "difficult decision" to close all of its beaches, effective immediately. In a statement posted tonight on its...

March 26, 2020

GORCC closes all its caravan parks

THE Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC) has temporarily closed its Torquay Foreshore, Anglesea Family and Lorne Foreshore Caravan Parks as of midnight last...

March 26, 2020

State takes over Green Spine project

THE state government has taken the Green Spine project in central Geelong out of the hands of the City of Greater Geelong council, describing...

March 26, 2020

Residents’ groups oppose VEC’s ward proposals for Surf Coast Shire

THE residents’ associations of Torquay, Aireys Inlet and Lorne have joined the Surf Coast Shire council in their opposition to the Victorian Electoral Commission’s...

March 26, 2020

Certainty in uncertain times with Kip McGrath

In uncertain times, it’s important to make sure children are able to keep up with their education, whether in support of the work in...

March 26, 2020

Federal and state government announce new stimulus packages

THE federal government has announced a second stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic that is more than three times the size of...

March 26, 2020

Coker hopes community coronavirus response can be co-ordinated

CORANGAMITE Labor federal member Libby Coker is convening what she is describing as a wide-ranging group to help direct the local community response to...

March 26, 2020

AFL Barwon hopeful play will start this year

AFL BARWON is retaining some level of confidence there will be some form of local football played in 2020. The local governing body fell into...

March 26, 2020

New hotline to connect volunteers to those who need help

VICTORIAN Liberal Senator Sarah Henderson has launched a COVID-19 Volunteer Connect initiative to link volunteers with anyone in the...

March 26, 2020

Surf Coast mayor says shire is working hard to respond to coronavirus

SURF Coast Shire mayor Rose Hodge says the council is moving fast to respond to the impact of the coronavirus epidemic, including this week’s...

March 26, 2020

Grapevine: banking on Bordeaux

Australia is awash with more wine importers and distributors than ever, scouring every country and region for the undiscovered rising stars as well as...

March 26, 2020

Win a year’s worth of chocolate

To celebrate Easter, radio station bay 93.9 has teamed up with the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery to give people the chance...

March 26, 2020

Government shuts down non-essential businesses

THERE has been a shutdown of non-essential activity across Victoria, aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus. Announced by Premier Daniel Andrews on Monday morning,...

March 26, 2020

Barwon Water to remove part of historic aqueduct at Breakwater

BARWON Water wants to remove nearly a third of an aqueduct on the Barwon River at Breakwater in an attempt to create safe access...

March 25, 2020

Coronavirus update: new restrictions announced

ANOTHER stage of prohibited activities and venues has been revealed to limit social contact in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Following yesterday's meeting of the...

March 24, 2020

Surf Coast Shire to suspend all kindergarten services from end of Tuesday

THE Surf Coast Shire council has revised its decision of yesterday and suspended its kindergarten terms from the close of today, after the coronavirus...