Let the garden be itself

Gardens and insects need each other to thrive and yet their coexistence is often threatened in the pursuit of gardening perfection. Passionate gardener and author, AB Bishop, believes strongly in the need to create gardens that welcome all the native fauna in. Ms Bishop, who works part-time at Kuranga Native Nursery in Mount Evelyn, has […]

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Vicious attack on new Ferny Creek restaurant

A new restaurant in Ferny Creek was forced to temporarily close after it was the target of a vicious criminal attack. According to Belgrave Police, between 9pm 16 November, and 3am 17 November, an offender has gained entry to the property and thrown rocks at the windows, causing them to crack. The offender has also […]

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Bank pioneer steps down

 Dandenong Ranges Community Bank’s inaugural chairman has resigned after 20 years of service. Peter Marke stepped down as director at Dandenong Ranges Community Finance Limited’s November board meeting. He is credited with getting the second Community Bank company in Australia up and running. Chairman John Waters said Mr Marke’s tenacity and drive was instrumental in […]

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Firefighters begin their training for fire season

Forest Fire Management Victoria’s (FFMVic) newest recruits are completing a tough and informative four-week training camp in readiness for the summer fire season. The 42 new firefighters from the Port Phillip Region – which includes Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, the Yarra Ranges and Melbourne’s outer suburbs – are undertaking a five-day camp at Lyrebird Park in […]

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Santa’s coming to Cockatoo

The man in red himself is promising to make an appearance at the Cockatoo Community Christmas Carols. The event will kick off at 5pm on Saturday 8 December at Alma Treloar Reserve in Pakenham Road, Cockatoo. The St Luke’s Anglican Church in McBride Street will open its doors as the wet-weather venue should the heavens […]

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Shop local this Christmas

The Belgrave Traders’ Association is urging hills shoppers to support local businesses this Christmas. The association has installed new decorations in Burwood Highway, with fairy lights also soon to adorn trees in the main street and along Bayview Road in the lead up to Christmas. “We’re asking residents to support small businesses and shop locally […]

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