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Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 1:19 PM


Record aircraft fleet for fire season

The State Government has announced $13.42 million to fund Victoria’s largest ever firefighting aircraft fleet for the upcoming fire season, Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino revealed today.

NBN hangs up triple zero

EXCLUSIVE. First for Communications News. When the copper telephone system is shut down across rural and regional Australia following the NBN roll-out the ability to make emergency ‘triple zero’ phone calls in an emergency such as Black Saturday will be lost. On Black Saturday the first utility lost was power. Followed in under two hours’

Thomas wins Educator of the Year Award

Alexandra. Jane Thomas, a Murrindindi Shire family day care educator has been named Regional Winner of the Educator of The Year Award for ‘excellence in family day care.’ Jane has won this award previously in 2013. “I am still passionate about my job. The award gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling and you never really

Emergency Services switch off radio

MELBOURNE VICTORIAN regional and rural residents lose ability to listen to emergency services radio from 2018. Emergency services radio communications using a ‘scanner’ will no longer be possible with local police and fire converting to enycrpted to digital radio technology. The ability to hear local Country Fire Authority (CFA) fire stations – or trucks –  will be

New Murrindindi CEO coming soon

ALEXANDRA. Current Murrindindi Shire CEO, Margaret Abbey officially finishes her role as shire CEO in June 2018, with Mayor Charlotte Bisset stating at August’s council meeting “The CEO recruitment process has commenced with the appointment of the recruitment agency…” “With the aim the position will be advertised widely within the next few weeks,” Bisset said.

Council to address animal cruelty issues

Murrindindi Shire Council’s local laws team investigates animal cruelty matters working with the RSPCA and other agencies. Councillor Sandice McAulay said last week’s RSPCA report about mistreatment of animals in Murrindindi Shire during 2016-17 came as unwelcome news. “The annual RSPCA Report showed that while Murrindindi Shire ranked 57 out of 79 councils overall, it

Bushfire victims burned again

Kinglake. Black Saturday law firm Maurice Blackburn met their commitment to bushfire victims to pay compensation claims totaling $494 million for the Kilmore East-Kinglake class action, Australia’s largest ever class action, before Easter. Though many bushfire victims are pleased with the outcome after years of waiting the Australian Tax Office (ATO) claiming up $20 million