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  • Paramedic numbers set t get a boost

    The number of paramedics based in Maryborough will leap from nine to 15 as the town’s ambulance station is upgraded to a fully rostered 24-hour branch. Maryborough station team leader, Dan Fogarty yesterday said staff were delighted with this week’s state budget announcement which will enable the upgrade. Mr Fogarty said the station now has […]

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  • Keyed In

    Dressed in a cowboy hat and a faded brown leather jacket, one of Australia’s greatest unsigned musical talents is chasing a chicken around his backyard. Next minute, he’s showing off, riding his bike backwards with no hands. Meet “Chooka” Parker. The 17-year-old shearer, roustabout, farmhand and grapepicker from Red Lion has captured the attention of […]

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  • Former Prime Minister set for Booktown

    Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke will attend Clunes’ upcoming Booktown festival. The man that current PM Julia Gillard ranks as her role model will attend to meet, mingle and sign copies of his biographies written by his wife and biographer, Blanche d’Alpuget. Ms d’Alpuget is among an alluring list of guest speaker writers to feature […]

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  • Fashion find set to go on public show

    There is little doubt that as children Maryborough’s Ray Matthews and his three brothers were among the best dressed youngsters in town. In those years after World War II, attaining the basic necessities was tough for everyone but the four young lads at Maryborough’s number nine Daly Street could always be relied upon to set […]

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  • Rid the shire of litter

    Deni Odlum is sick of all the rubbish. And the Maryborough resident, who relocated from South Australia 14 months ago, plans to do something about what she sees as a fixable litter issue. Deni believes the nation’s annual Clean Up Australia Day rolls around too infrequently. So, armed with her passion for the environment and […]

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  • Money for Talbot train

    Well leaked rumours that today’s state budget will deliver a $2.5 million revamp to bring Talbot’s railway station back to life has the town buzzing. Reports including one featured on ABC local radio yesterday are anticipating the news the town has been agitating for since passenger rail returned to Maryborough last July. When it’s handed […]

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  • Electoral review favours wards plus name change

    Ward numbers are likely to remain the same but their names may well change under Pyrenees council’s preferred electoral review option. The municipality is currently undergoing a review of its electoral structure with the result to become effective from the next council election. Pyrenees Shire Council is currently divided into five wards — Avoca Ward, […]

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  • A view from the top of the world

    Maryborough’s Keith McNamara has made it to the top of the world and back — almost. The widely-travelled local recently returned from a trek through the Himalayas, including a climb to the first base camp on the world’s tallest and most unforgiving peak, Mount Everest. Keith described the trip as his number one travel experience, […]

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  • Slight change likely in electoral review

    Slight alterations to existing wards and a name change for the Daisy Hill Ward is the most likely outcome of Central Goldfields Shires current electoral review. In an earlier submission made to the Victorial Electoral Commission as a private resident, the mayor, Chris Meddows-Taylor had flagged his personal first preference for an unsubdivided municipality, doing […]

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  • Easter road sting

    A driver speeding 43 kilometres over the limit was among a wide range of road offending thwarted by the region’s police during Operation Crossroads. The five-day Easter road campaign targeted a wide range of road offences and by the time it ended at midnight on Tuesday it had detected most of them being perpetrated by […]

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