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Multiple blazes prompt hunt for arsonists

Police are on the hunt for arsonists after a string of suspicious fires in Melton and surrounding areas. As Victoria sweltered through one of its...

Residents gone, so what now for Reg Heary House?

Melton’s Reg Geary House will close by the end of next month as concerns mount about what will happen to the aged-care building once...

From twisted metal, a tale of courage is rewarded

Wallace resident Shawn Kennedy and Wendouree’s Josh Davis were driving to work on Bacchus Marsh-Geelong Road when they came across the smoking wreck of...

Ballan footpaths a rocky road for residents

Ballan residents fear that the elderly and people in wheelchairs could be involved in serious falls, with the condition of local footpaths flagged as...

A season not so festive for felines

Melton and Moorabool animal lovers are being asked to open their hearts and foster one of 85 cats until non-profit group Unforgettable Creatures can...

Australia Day: Family, weather made choice easy

James Laurel and his family hadn’t even arrived in Australia when they decided to move to Melton West. “I have two sisters and a brother...

Rockbank bus stop a trek too far for freeway-crossing seniors

Public Transport Victoria has promised to work with Melton council to fix a dangerous bus stop in Rockbank. The council has been calling for the...

Dean’s all set for Great Australia Day Swim

Bacchus Marsh’s Dean Kuklinsky, 11 (pictured with Swimland coach Thomas Monaghan), will make a splash in the junior event of Sunday’s Great Australia Day...

Mount Cottrell and Coburns roads made safer after fatalities

VicRoads has made changes to an intersection on the Western Freeway near Melton after an investigation into two fatal crashes late last year. While the...

It’s a wrap for Melton job seekers, so they hope

Experts believe an Australian-first program will make life a little easier for Melton workers who have been retrenched or made redundant. Designed to help workers...

Butt out now, police warn Moorabool fire-starters

Moorabool firefighters have put irresponsible smokers and landholders on notice, warning that preventable blazes are draining local resources. Eight fire trucks from Bacchus Marsh were...

Happiness is a new bike for those who need it

Melton youngsters who can’t afford a bicycle will have the chance to get their hands on one of 300 free bikes when Olympic BMX...

Prison assaults a factor as Melton figures rise by 17.4%

Attacks in Port Phillip Prison and the Metropolitan Remand Centre are at a five-year high, driving up assault rates in Wyndham and Melton. Latest police...

Fund for dummies a smart move at Melton CFA

Melton CFA’s training resources have been boosted by a donation to the brigade, enabling it to buy dummies used in rescue practice. Melton’s IGA supermarket...

Have a say on transport across western suburbs

Commuters in Melbourne’s outer west are being urged to make their transport priorities known ahead of next year’s state election. The Metropolitan Transport Forum (MTF),...

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Jury told to imagine being blamed for campers’ deaths

Jurors have been asked to put themselves in the shoes of an airline pilot accused of killing two campers when they retire to decide...