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IN FOCUS: Wyndham Park PS – A learning community

Actively upholding the values expressed in the school’s motto, “Aspire Learn Achieve”, has enabled Wyndham Park Primary School to grow enrolments to approximately 400 students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds since 2011. Principal Laban Toose believes the students thrive on the school’s values of respect, responsibility and safety.

IN FOCUS: Jolly Miller – good times, ace tastes

The Jolly Miller in Bacchus Marsh got a snazzy revamp in November and now it’s launched a new menu. Part of the town’s streetscape since the mid-1990s, the cafe has always been brekkie, lunch and barista-made coffee headquarters, with homemade cakes a specialty and a welcome mat second to none.

IN FOCUS: Heathdale and the love of learning

One of the biggest decisions parents make is choosing the right school for their child. Each school is different. Ross Grace, Heathdale Christian College principal, believes the Melton primary campus provides a unique learning community for families.

IN FOCUS: On the road with Jayco Ballarat

As a caravanner of many years, Scott McPherson knows a thing or two about the favourite way Australians love to see their vast country. He started out in farming and ran a business, then – about 10 years ago – he and his partners decided the caravan industry was for them so they took up ownership of Jayco Ballarat.

IN FOCUS: Taste of Thailand in Melton

Thai cuisine has long been one of the most popular in the Australian foodie scene and now Pooki Porntalak and her sister Poppy are bringing their home-style cooking with authentic flavours to Melton. Pooki opened her takeaway cafe a short time ago and she’s loving seeing her customers enjoy food she grew up with.

In Focus: Melton’s top-shelf HQ for top tints

Daniel Stewart set up his own window tinting business nearly three years ago – and now he’s on track to being the most recommended independent tinter around. Before founding Melton Car Tint, he operated for 12 years under the Tint-A-Car banner, so he has a bunch of experience in the field.

IN FOCUS: Take care of your kidneys

The incidence of renal related disease in Australia is at an all-time high and fast becoming a public health issue of epidemic proportions.


Club snaps up national award

The Bacchus Marsh and District Photography Club has won an award for a competition run by The Australian Photographic Society. The theme for the competition...

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