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A Valiant Bash
Samantha Smith, August 09th, 2018

A Valiant Bash

Bash 'virgins' and Hills locals, neighbours and strawberry farmers, Roger Ballestrin, Biagio 'BJ' DeFazio and Jimi Rozaklis are teaming up to take part in the Variety Bash 2018 with their bright orange car as the Orange Euroes. The Bash aims to raise funds for children in need. “Looking back, so many people are less fortunate than me and I want to give my time and attention to people because it's not about how much you have... Read Article

Sharkie Prevails
Samantha Smith and Anna Christian, August 02nd, 2018

Sharkie Prevails

The by-election on the weekend concluded with the re-election of Rebekha Sharkie as the federal Member for Mayo. In the two candidate preferred count Rebekha managed 57.6 per cent while main rival Georgina Downer polled 42.3 per cent. The result was an improvement of 2.7 per cent in the two candidate preferred category for Rebekha, and an improvement of 9.6 per cent in first preference votes. First preference votes for the Liberals decreased by 0.4 per cent but the biggest... Read Article

Riding for Oz
Casey Tonkin and Rebecca Chave, July 26th, 2018

Riding for Oz

There is a cliché that every little girl will incessantly pester her parents for a pony only to be left disappointed, ponyless and with one more experience to prove that no one gets everything they want. But for 16 year old Lucy Blenkiron the dream came true. Lucy, from Springton, has recently returned from competing in China to demonstrate the strength of Australian riders to the Chinese. Even though she did not get to ride with her regular equine... Read Article

Hear, Hear
Alyssa McKellar, July 19th, 2018

Hear, Hear

There are hundreds of dogs around Australia who wear an orange bib with the words ‘Lions Hearing Dogs’ emblazoned on them and they are changing people’s lives. Similar to guide dogs who help people who are visually impaired, hearing dogs help people who are deaf or have some form of hearing loss (including those with Cochlear implants) by alerting them to sounds around the home that the recipient can’t hear. Imagine not being able to hear your smoke alarm... Read Article

Sled Action
Casey Tonkin, July 05th, 2018

Sled Action

Dog-sled racing might seem as out of place in Australia as a Jamaican bob-sled team. However, you might be delighted to learn that Australian dog-sledding is a popular sport for our four-legged friends and their minders. The Australian Sled dog Sports Association holds races all over the country throughout winter and is having its national championships in the Mount Crawford forest this month. For the last nine years Renee Hennessy has been participating in the canine friendly sport. Her team of... Read Article

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