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Hitting the six-month wall

Hitting the six-month wall

More than six months on since the horrifying bushfires took their home, fences and shed at Clifton Creek, Khat and Adrian Hammond are still feeling the trauma. Guilt is one emotion that pervades their lives. Guilt about not staying to defend their property, despite knowing it would have been futile. Guilt that they have been rented a beautiful house to live in at Hillside while theirs is...
Commited to winter season

Commited to winter season

Dinner Plain Alpine Village has announced it will continue winter operations as planned for the 2020 season. The decision has been made with the full backing of Alpine Shire Council to support the alpine village’s local businesses and staff, following the announcement by Vail Resorts to suspend lift operations at Mount Hotham and Falls Creek Alpine Resorts. Dinner Plain’s 2020 winter operations...
Bike path invasion

Bike path invasion

Charles Connley loves the High Country where he grew up and still lives in Omeo. He comes from a family who has a long connection to the area. Mr Connley’s parents, Avril and Ron Connley, now in their 80s, live on the family farm, on the aptly named Connelys Road. The Connleys run sheep and cattle on their 2000-acre spread and lease hundreds of additional acres of Crown land on Mount Sam that...
Bunnings cuts timber ties

Bunnings cuts timber ties

VicForests, timber industry leaders and local MPs have lashed a Bunnings management decision to discontinue sourcing timber from VicForests, a decision that will have significant impact on local timber towns and hundreds of jobs. The Federal Court in May found VicForests failed to comply with a regional forest agreement, which breached national environment laws, prompting Bunnings’ decision....
The holiday is over

The holiday is over

Lou and Sandi Beltrame, along with their daughter, Pirra, have been running the Omeo Caravan Park for more than 12 years. They’ve put their physical and emotional energy into making the caravan park a place where people feel not only welcome but a friend of the family. Ms Beltrame says it’s not a job, but a lifestyle. They lease the caravan park from the East Gippsland Shire with the agreement...
Still waiting for planning permits

Still waiting for planning permits

In Buchan, frustration over the delays in bushfire-affected residents having their homes rebuilt is growing. Six months on from the devastating bushfires, which destroyed lives, those who lost their homes in the inferno say bureaucratic red tape is hampering their efforts to re-establish their lives. Jeff and Margie McCole’s timber house on farmland, just outside the Buchan township, was...

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