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  • Clunes turns to Booktown for weekend

    Readers, writers and book lovers converge on Clunes this weekend as the town hosts the biggest event on its calendar — the annual Booktown festival. The first page opens on the weekend-long book bash tonight with a country-style dinner at the town’s showgrounds, followed by writer Peter FitzSimons in discussion at the Wesley Bluestone. More […]

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  • Three new machines

    The Maryborough Highland Society has won the right to install three new gaming machines at its Maryborough venue, bringing the total number to 59, after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal upheld its appeal. Following a two-day hearing in January this year, VCAT has now ruled that on its examination, the machines will not result […]

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  • Avoca gas

    “Avoca is now going to be supplied with natural gas.” And with those words from Deputy Premier Peter Ryan the Avoca Information and Community Resource Centre erupted with applause and cheers on Tuesday afternoon. More than 700 properties and businesses in Avoca will have access to natural gas for their cooking, heating and hot water […]

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  • Cyclists pedal off to Maryborough

    Fourteen Maryborough cyclists embarked on the world’s longest Alzheimer’s Australia charity ride on Friday. Departing from the Maryborough Railway Station at 10 am last week, the cycling team, decked out in pink lycra, began their two-and-a-half week journey to Maryborough, Queensland, to help fundraise for Alzheimer’s Australia. The Maryborough to Maryborough team will complete 2100 […]

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  • Precious photos stolen

    A Bung Bong family has been left devastated after a brazen daylight burglary at their Avoca farmhouse. Police are urging witnesses to come forward, and say the burglary involving goods valued at $10,000 demonstrates the need for householders to secure their homes. Constable Debbie McGuire of Central Goldfields Criminal Investigation Unit said the house situated […]

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  • $25.4 million flood bill

    A total $25.4 million has been poured into fixing flood-ravaged infrastructure across Central Goldfields Shire Council over the past two years, a new report shows. And by the time the massive repair and replacement job ends around June this year, the council expects a total $31.2 million will have been spent. The massive financial cost […]

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  • Sounding of the Last Post

    For almost half a century, Cliff Jacobs has been giving his rousing rendition of the Last Post, and is showing little signs of slowing down. The Maryborough cornet player and member of the Maryborough Salvation Army band, Mr Jacobs started learning the cornet 81 years ago. “I started in 1931, when I was 10 years of age,” […]

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  • Funds for historic school building

    Staff at Avoca Primary School had reason to grin this week. They’d just heard that their school will soon receive $187,809 for maintenance. But if the slate tiles that have tumbled off the school’s historic roof in recent days are any indication, it’s not before time, staff say. The funding is part of this week’s […]

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  • Big crowd at services

    The spirit of Anzac is alive and well in Maryborough if the turnouts at yesterday’s dawn and commemoration services are any indication. A solid crowd of around 300 attended the dawn service and later, at 10.45 am an estimated 400 packed McLandress Square for the commemoration service following the traditional street march. “I’m surprised to […]

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  • Wareek primary sells

    An era in country education closed at Wareek last Friday when the old local school sold at auction. The purchaser says he now plans to convert it into a residence. A crowd of about 70 gathered at noon to watch Maryborough First National Real Estate put the old school house under the hammer. Bidding, involving […]

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