About: jamestaylor

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James’ first job in journalism was at the Bendigo Advertiser, where he held a number of roles, including reporter, sub-editor and arts and features writer. He has also worked for several publications at Fairfax, including the Knox Weekly, Casey Weekly and Pakenham Weekly, and in the UK with the Berkshire Media Group. Raised in Geelong, James has been back in his hometown since 2011 and now lives in Waurn Ponds. Outside of journalism, James divides his time between barracking for the Cats, chasing his two-year-old daughter around, and posting on Twitter (@notthatjt).

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December 3, 2020

Shire hasn’t lost the scent of possible Torquay dog park

THE Surf Coast Shire is still open to the idea of creating a dog park in Torquay, about a year after it tested community...

November 26, 2020

Marking a year without plastic bags

THIS month marked the first anniversary of Victoria's ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags, and Plastic Wise Torquay has set its sights on a...

November 26, 2020

Keep control of private fires, CFA pleads

MORE than a quarter (27 per cent) of bushfires are caused by escaped private fires, equating to more than 6,100 bushfires over the past...

November 26, 2020

Consultation cracks open on container deposit scheme

THE Victorian Government plans to introduce a container deposit scheme (CDS) within three years, and is encouraging the community to share their views about...

November 26, 2020

Torquay Rotary takes pet show online

THE Rotary Club of Torquay are inviting pet owners to show off their pets as part of the club's latest fundraising event. The Pets On...

November 26, 2020

Martin Duke urges community to get involved with new council

OUTGOING Surf Coast Shire councillor Martin Duke says the community should and must take an active interest in what the new council does over...

November 26, 2020

Charity groups welcome Freemasons’ grants

SURF Coast Freemasons have again handed out grants to community organisations in the region. The $15,000 in grants were presented at a ceremony at Bomboras...

November 26, 2020

Live arts returns with The Summer Sessions

Geelong Arts Centre has raised the curtain on their 2021 summer season; The Summer Sessions. The February events and performances will see the arts centre...

November 26, 2020

Aquifer test to fill mine gets green light

THE long-running issue of where to find the water for the Eden Project's plans for the former Anglesea coal mine is a step closer...

November 26, 2020

JobMaker legislation passes

THE federal Coalition has successfully passed its JobMaker hiring credit through Parliament, and says the scheme will help get young people back into the...

October 29, 2020

Preparation steps up in Otway District for bushfire season

FOREST Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) is continuing work to prepare the Otway District for the coming bushfire season, building on fuel management works conducted...

October 15, 2020

Survey reveals Australians’ reactions to COVID symptoms

More than a third of Australians with cold- or flu-like symptoms spent time in public and almost one in five attended work in person...

September 17, 2020

Head to help clinic opens in Geelong

People in the Greater Geelong area experiencing mental ill-health due to the stresses of COVID-19 can now get access to support services at a...

September 10, 2020

Bruce Harwood to stand again in Kardinia Ward

NOMINATIONS open next week for candidates in October’s City of Greater Geelong council election, and Bruce Harwood will again stand in Kardinia Ward. Mr Harwood...

September 3, 2020

We The Makers CREATE offers new courses

The We The Makers CREATE initiative is offering new courses for people to be inspired, learn new skills and start to help reduce the...

September 3, 2020

Swooping season returns

THE Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has reminded walkers and riders that the return of spring this week has also brought...

September 3, 2020

Join a virtual hike to the 12 Apostles

Great Ocean Road Health (GORH) has begun its virtual Health Hike from Torquay to the 12 Apostles, and is inviting the community to join...

September 3, 2020

Residents grill council over Torquay North roadblocks

COMMUNITY opposition to the roadblocks in Torquay North is still running hot, with the Surf Coast Shire council facing 48 questions about the issue...

September 3, 2020

Regional Victoria to get its own coronavirus roadmap

PREMIER Dan Andrews will, this weekend, reveal the roadmap showing the way out of Victoria's coronavirus restrictions, and regional Victoria will have its own...

September 3, 2020

Falls Festival falls over, other events go virtual

THE Falls Festival in Lorne is the latest major event in the Geelong region to fall over because of the coronavirus pandemic this year,...

September 3, 2020

State grant to encourage shoppers to explore Torquay

A PROJECT to improve directions to Torquay's "fragmented" shopping precincts has received a $175,000 grant from the state government. On Tuesday this week, Local Government...

September 3, 2020

Some NBN users shifted to satellite

THE rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) is officially over, but some internet users in the Geelong region are not getting the experience...

March 12, 2020

Respect Victoria welcomes Gender Equality Bill

RESPECT Victoria has welcomed the passing of the Gender Equality Bill by the state government. The legislation applies to public sector workplaces and aims to...

March 12, 2020

Expo to celebrate staying healthy and active

BELLARINE Springs' inaugural Healthy and Active Ageing Expo for Seniors is just around the corner. Seniors are warmly invited to this free community event, showcasing...

March 12, 2020

Week encourages women to get physical

A GROUP of councils, health bodies and others across the G21 region are getting behind a statewide initiative to encourage women to become more...

March 12, 2020

Flourishing Families course to return in April

PARENTS are invited to join a free program, based on new research, that promotes family growth and wellbeing. The City of Greater Geelong initiated a...

February 6, 2020

Cadel Evans gives thumbs up to new roundabout

TOUR de France winner and local hero Cadel Evans has given the tick of approval to Torquay's new cycling-friendly roundabout. Evans inspected the roundabout -...

February 6, 2020

Families, pupils and staff celebrate St Catherine’s first day

SCHOOL is in at St Catherine’s, and families, pupils and staff alike celebrated the opening of the Catholic primary school in Armstrong Creek on...