Overall crowd behaviour praised at Beyond the Valley

Justin Russell and Deshaun Oliver quickly cooled off under some water before heading back to the main stage during the Beyond the Valley festival at Lardner Park.

Overall crowd behaviour was praised as the fifth edition of Beyond the Valley festival attracted 20,000 revellers to Lardner Park to bring in the new year. Reports indicate local businesses benefitted from an influx of festival goers who sought refuge

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Baw Baw police warn residents to stay vigilant as crime stats rise

Police will continue to drive home the message of road safety, after 263 fatalities this year.

Baw Baw police services area inspector Alison Crombie has warned residents not to become complacent as crime statistics continue to rise. Latest crime data recently released by the Crime Statistics Agency showed a 17.2 per cent increase in the number

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Melissa Rankine farewelled after 24 years at Oak Street Kinder

Kaylene McKinnon (Koorie Engagement Support Officer), Melissa Rankine, Linda Mullett (Koorie Engagement Support Officer) Kaylene and Linda acknowledged the support provided by Melissa

Local kindergarten teacher Melissa Rankine was farewelled after 24 years at Oak Street Kindergarten in Drouin with a surprise-filled morning. Melissa, who is taking long service leave before embarking on retirement, was left shocked when her colleagues surprised her with

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Perfect picnic weather greets Drouin Boxing Day races

Holly Kiely, Emelia Kulibaba and Katherine Smit enjoy the race day fashions on the field best hat competition.

The Drouin Picnic Races have been run and won without a hitch under beautiful sunny skies at the Drouin Racing Club on Boxing Day. It was a father-son combination that took home the Drouin Cup title, with Derek the Viking,

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Fond farewell for courageous young woman

Roshaun Watson is farewelled by host mum Cathrine Muston (left), St Paul’s principal Cameron Herbert and teacher Christie Bransgrove (right) after achieving her education dream in Warragul.

A courageous young woman said a fond farewell from St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School after achieving her education dream. Year 12 student Roshaun Watson arrived at St Paul’s from a remote community in Western Australia in 2016 with a dream

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Park section closed after ground sinks in

Part of Civic Park was closed when the ground started to sink in.

Warragul Farmers’ Market returned to its winter site on Saturday after a market volunteer discovered a sink hole on the grass area of the former Warragul diving pool on Friday. The volunteer noticed a large area of wet ground and

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Landcare groups receive funding after Bunyip fires

The Bunyip Landcare grant recipients alongside the Bendigo Bank Bunyip Community branch members, from left, Barry Crees (chairperson) Linda McCoy (La Trobe Hospital) Chris Kelly, Susan Anderson and Graham Moore (Cardinia Shire Deputy Mayor) on Tuesday morning.

Three Landcare groups received a collective total of $20,000 in grants from the Bunyip Community Bank at a presentation held last week at Peppermint Ridge, Tynong. Bunyip Landcare received $5692. The group will use the grant to plant new trees

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Salvos pack 110 hampers for families this Christmas

Helping to pack 110 hampers for locals in need at Warragul Salvation Army are Bethany (left) and Jasmine Zelley.

A real community effort produced joy and smiles to 110 needy families last week leading into Christmas. A visit to the Warragul Salvation Army on Tuesday saw volunteers of all ages packing food hampers for families doing it tough in

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Last pens of cattle sold at Warragul Saleyards

Farmers watch on as the final pens of cattle are sold at the Warragul Saleyards before it's closure.

“It’s a sad day” echoed repetitively across the Warragul Saleyards on Wednesday as the last pens of adult cattle were sold. For some of the saleyards “characters” it was the end of more than 70 years going to the yards,

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Utopia former owners deny approaching Baw Baw Shire

Former owners of Utopia Pet Lodge at Longwarry North, now used as Baw Baw Shire’s municipal pound, have strongly rejected statements by council that they approached council to buy the property.

Former owners of Utopia Pet Lodge at Longwarry North, now used as Baw Baw Shire’s municipal pound, have strongly rejected statements by council that they approached council to buy the property. “We never approached the council,” Glenn Cunningham told The

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