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Silly schoolies suspected of swiping Santa


Security footage captures the culprits dragging the Santa away. A GROUP of idiotic schoolies making an early start to their celebrations are suspected to be behind the theft of an inflatable Santa from the roof of a supermarket in Lorne this week. FoodWorks Supermarket store manager John Stewart said security footage revealed as many as […]

The bank of the future has arrived at Waurn Ponds


The Westpac Waurn Ponds team in Westpac’s latest Bank Now branch. WESTPAC Waurn Ponds bank manager Will White said the branch’s new stateof-the-art Smart ATMs will allow customers and small businesses to do their banking at the branch when it suits them. “The Bank Now upgrade has given us new and improved technical capabilities for […]

Local News

Gilbert Street is go, go, go


Corrine Nigro and Martina Harris from Torquay Commerce and Tourism show off the Christmas decorations to go up in Gilbert Street. Photo: JAMES TAYLOR CHRISTMAS is in the air on Torquay’s Gilbert Street, and the community has been invited this parks on the street. The Go Go Gilbert initiative will see the Pearl Street end […]

Bill Nairn’s passing shocks community

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Bill Nairn, a much-loved member of the Torquay community. THE Torquay community is in mourning this week after the death of one of its favourite sons on Tuesday. Real Estate identity Bryan Hayden said the news of Bill Nairn’s sudden death sent his “office into freefall” as he was a great friend, having begun his […]

Real Estate

Stretton makes the connection


McCartney’s Tim Carson and John McMahon at the point where Stretton’s new linear park meets the secondary college and council’s sporting precinct. STRETTON residential estate in Torquay North has reached another milestone by connecting to a new 1.2-kilometre linear reserve. The linear park will ultimately link Torquay Secondary College and the proposed new primary school […]

Arts and Entertainment



Sagamore will blow audiences away this weekend. IF you have plans this weekend, cancel them. The Queenscliff Music Festival (QMF) is on, and it’s definitely an event not to miss. Now in its 17th year, the festival has always offered the best in Australian music in one place, but this year it has also added […]


Bouncy B B B vitamins


B B B bouncy B vitamins – remember this and you will remember what they are for! B vitamins, apart from making your wee fluoro yellow – just for interest sake, and because I get asked this all the time, B vitamins make your urine yellow not because you are having too much and weeing […]

Rural Roundup

Recent study confirms fox baiting lifts lambing percentages

Coastal areas like this St Leonards farm offer perfect cover for the marauding fox COORDINATED fox baiting twice a year can increase lambing percentages by more than 20 per cent, a recent landholder survey has found. The Department of Primary Industries undertook a survey involving more than 1,000 sheep producers in central west New South […]

Total Sport

A job well done at Torquay Boardriders

Troy Brooks celebrates his win. THE Torquay Boardriders celebrated the year over the weekend in their annual presentation with awards on offer for 15 different divisions, as well as many other specialty awards. The results were taken from six aggregate events held over the year. Open Men’s winner Troy Brooks, of Torquay, won ahead of […]