• Avoca butcher’s shop to close its doors after 154 years.

    Tomorrow is the end of an era for Avoca. When Kelvin Charlesworth hangs up his stripy apron and scrubs down his tools of trade after 51-and-a-half years as town butcher, it will be for the last time. But as he turns the lock for the last time on the little 154-year-old shop that’s served as […]

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  • Moonambel rallies to save its general store

    Moonambel’s general store has won a temporary reprieve while the community explores options to save it under a co-operative model. Bad debts, rising costs, the cigarette tax increase and other pressures have taken a toll and current manager and lessee Chris Bossman planned to shut up shop for the last time this week. However, Mr […]

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  • Get thinking for the opportunity to name Maryborough’s new street

    Maryborough residents will now have the chance to the name the town’s newest street. The Central Goldfields Shire Council is calling for submissions from the public to name the new street stretching between Burns Street and the front of the Maryborough Railway Station. The road, part of the multi-million dollar Station Domain project, intersects the […]

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  • New saving scheme launched

    Low-income families in the Central Goldfields Shire will now have access to an affordable finance option using $50,000 in loan capital from the National Australia Bank. Launched last week and managed by Maryborough Community House, the Central Goldfields No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS) will provide interest and fee-free loans of up to $1200 for individuals […]

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  • RATES RISE

    Residents in the Central Goldfields Shire face a rate increase of 7.8 percent. Central Goldfields Shire Council adopted its draft budget for the 2010-11 financial year at its May meeting last week. The budget, among other things, will work to accelerate the shire as a major centre for events, developing the arts and implementing council’s […]

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  • Assault on court steps

    A Maryborough man appeared before the city’s magistrate’s court on Tuesday charged in relation to a violent assault which happened on the court room steps shortly before court began sitting on the same morning. Jack Linden Forder, 19, was already on Tuesday’s Maryborough Magistrate’s Court list to appear before the court in relation to another […]

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  • Tanker for Bowenvale

    Bowenvale Fire Brigade received the keys of its new $186,000 light tanker on Sunday from Member for Ripon, Joe Helper. The new tanker will be used for general firefighting and as a back-up for when the other truck has to attend another incident. Bowenvale Fire Brigade now boasts two fire tankers and a quick-fill. Mr […]

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  • MURDER CHARGE

    A Maryborough man has appeared in Maryborough Magistrate’s Court charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal shooting in the town last Sunday. Samuel Michael Westbrook, 23, appeared in the court on Tuesday charged with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. Mr Westbrook appeared before Magistrate Bruce Cottrill during Tuesday’s […]

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  • End near for appeal

    The organisers of the Maryborough Mother’s Day Appeal handed over the current total of their fundraising effort to the Maryborough and District Hospital Auxiliary this week. Representatives from Goldfields FM and the Cambrian Hotel handed over cheques for a total of $10,884 which will now be used to purchase a new defibrillator for the hospital’s […]

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  • Paired party pays off

    Two Maryborough businesses have demonstrated the benefits that working together can reap. Bead Fusion’s Inge Long and Red House Bakery’s Garrity Townsing put their heads together and have found that instead of working against each other, it pays to work together. The businesses have started offering joint birthday parties, with Inge dropping in to parties […]

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