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Lyndoch Living: does bullying and intimidation just vanish?

It’s seven months since a leaked survey exposed allegations of bullying and intimidation at Lyndoch. What has happened since?

Changing lives, one story at a time: celebrating Jess Chatfield

Gunditjmara woman Jess Chatfield is emerging as a digital storyteller via a mentorship with The Terrier.

Cr Cassidy appointed Vice President of Lyndoch Living

As Lyndoch prepares for its AGM next Tuesday, it has emerged Cr Sue Cassidy is now Vice President.

Lyndoch: budget blowout, a fire sale and an invite-only AGM

The Lyndoch Living AGM next week is an invitation-only affair, which means no questions from the general public or media.

WCC CEO’s dismissal relied on most expensive option

One of the clauses in the former WCC CEO’s contract would have seen instant dismissal and a much smaller payout. Why wasn’t it used?

Ombudsman urges WCC to address disunity and dischord

The credit cards created a major headache, but issues of disunity and dischord remain within WCC.

Ombudsman reveals changes to WCC credit card rules

Flabby rules around credit card usage at WCC are now a thing of the past.

Ombudsman report reveals poor actions of WCC officials

Nobody comes out of the Ombudsman’s investigation looking good, including top WCC officials.

Ombudsman report: no rules on coffees, lunches and dinners

WCC staff were allowed to use credit cards to “spend local” on lunches, dinners, drinks and coffees.

Ombudsman: $700 dinner a “shock” to manager who paid

Order what you like: two dinners costing more than $2000 expose the lack of restraint.

Ombudsman reveals shouting the bar, at ratepayers’ expense

Largesse and lies: a second huge drinks bill was hidden under “room hire” – all in the same week.

Ombudsman reveals huge drinks bill hidden behind “room hire”

Two “room hires” at the Lady Bay resort were used to hide huge alcohol bill.

Ombudsman’s report into WCC credit cards exposes largesse

Espresso martinis all round: the first instalment of the Ombudsman’s findings.

WCC chief sacking: legal threats flying in fallout

It rolls on: legal threats, emails and warnings, as we pick toward the truth.

WCC Mayor Herbert affidavit lays out night of the long knives

A sworn affidavit by Mayor Tony Herbert sets out what he says happened on the night the CEO was sacked and it’s not pretty.

WCC election 2020: the time for change is now

This Warrnambool City Council election is critical for our city: we can vote for more of the same, or change.

WCC election 2020: candidate how-to-vote cards

WCC election 2020: the complete set of how to vote cards and candidate suggestions.

WCC election 2020: all Terrier profiles in one spot

The complete set of new W’bool City Council election candidates.

WCC candidate Andrew Squires talks with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next, Andrew Squires.

WCC candidate Anthony Earnshaw: 10 key questions

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Anthony Earnshaw.

WCC candidate Max Taylor talks with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: tonight, Max Taylor.

WCC candidate Thomas Campbell: 10 key questions

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up Thomas Campbell.

WCC candidate Tracey Togni talks with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Tracey Togni.

WCC candidate Lynn Hudson talks with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: first up tonight, Lynn Hudson.

WCC candidate Angie Paspaliaris chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Angie Paspaliaris.

WCC candiate Otha Akoch talks with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: tonight, Otha Akoch.

WCC candidate Matthew Walsh chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: tonight, Matthew Walsh.

WCC candidate Vicki Jellie chats with The Terrier

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WCC candidate Debbie Arnott chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: tonight, Debbie Arnott.

WCC candidate Michael McCluskey chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Michael McCluskey.

WCC candidate Jim Burke chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Jim Burke.

WCC candidate Cassandra Prigg chats to The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: tonight, Cassandra Prigg.

WCC candidate Steve Moore chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: tonight, Steve Moore.

WCC candidate Richard Ziegeler chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Richard Ziegeler.

WCC candidate Jacinta Anderson chats with The Terrier

Meet your Warrnambool City Council candidates: first up tonight is Jacinta Anderson.

WCC candidate Bruce Campbell chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: next up, Bruce Campbell.

WCC candidate Ben Blain chats with The Terrier

Meet your new Warrnambool City Council candidates: first up, Ben Blain.

WCC: does top job reappointment pass the pub test?

While the Acting WCC CEO’s reappointment to her former job is legal, it is also unusual.

CEO sacking: Secret meetings and confidential documents

If everything dumped WCC chief Peter Schneider says in his affidavit is true, our council has gone bad.

Sacked CEO starts Supreme Court action against WCC

Former WCC chief Peter Schneider has launched legal action to get his job back.

CEO sacking: secret meetings, missing docs and payout shock

Questions by Cr Gaston reveal the failings behind CEO hiring and firing.

Councillors crawl to the finish line, broken and divided

The W’bool City Council holds its final meeting tomorrow night, amid ongoing turmoil over the CEO sacking.

Top lawyers withdrew bill for advice on CEO sacking

The story around the dumping of former W’bool City Council CEO just gets murkier.

Pressure mounts on Wannon Water to end ocean outfall

An independent consultant has urged the EPA to push Wannon Water for a Class A water treatment plant.

CEO dismissal: time to come clean on the costs

The four W’bool City councillors behind the sacking of the CEO have not revealed the cost to ratepayers.

Sacking of W’bool City Council chief under investigation

Events surrounding the sudden sacking of WCC CEO Peter Schneider will be formally investigated.

Transparency just a word at WCC, as secrecy rolls on

Secrecy to stay: the WCC has a chance to reinstate general business to its meetings, but won’t.

Lyndoch rejects claim visiting workers were from Melbourne

Lyndoch has replied to questions from South-West MP Bev McArthur about visitors to the aged care home.

CEO sacking: prising open the clam of confidentiality

The release of minutes provides some insight into the dumping of the WCC chief.

WCC election: last drinks on secrecy, fibs and fairytales

The mood for change at WCC is growing, with fresh candidates stepping up, and the old crew failing to fire.

A little gift in the letterbox makes it all worthwhile

Popping my head out of the kennel to say thankyou!

EPA puts Wannon Water under the pump over ocean outfall

A small victory in the battle to save Thunder Point from effluent pollution.

Taking a little terrier down time in the kennel

As Banksy one (allegedly) said, “rest, but don’t give up”.

Sacked WCC chief launches legal action against councillors

Sacked WCC chief Peter Schneider is taking legal action against four councillors.

What impact will Wannon Water upgrade have on Lady Bay?

A retired marine scientist raises questions about the planned $40m Wannon Water plant upgrade.

Lyndoch Living concerns amid pandemic met with silence

South-West MP Bev McArthur will investigate allegations around two visitors from Melbourne to Lyndoch Living.

Covid-19 questions for Lyndoch Living

As Covid-19 ravages aged care facilities in Victoria, I ask Lyndoch Living some questions.

Oh what a tangled web we weave in Warrnambool

When you join the dots between who works with who in Warrnambool, it’s a fascinating picture.

When the muzzles come out, we have to keep barking

In the face of mounting pressure to be silenced, it’s more important than ever that we speak up.

Unpicking the tight-knit connections of WCC and Lyndoch

The ties that bind: unravelling the connections between W’bool City Council and Lyndoch Living.

Councillors become king makers, but the secrecy remains

The more things change at the W’bool City Council, the more they stay the same.

WCC staff survey results to remain under wraps

Nothing but a stunt: WCC staff survey results were never going to be released.

Million dollar question on CEO axing remains unanswered

WCC ratepayers will foot the bill, but the cost of sacking the CEO remains secret.

Barry the Boolshite detector on why the CEO had to go

Barry runs an eye over the statement by the four W’bool City councillors who orchestrated the coup against CEO.

Zero support for Wannon Water sewage treatment plans

Let’s end the week on a high note: people really do care about what goes into our ocean.

Cr Sycopoulis warns agains “misdirected and unlawful coup”

W’bool City Cr Peter Sycopoulis has backed the CEO and warned against his removal.

Mayor Herbert backs CEO before crucial Monday meeting

Mayor Tony Herbert has thrown his support behind the beleaguered CEO.

Coup against W’bool City Council CEO gathers pace

WCC update: Special meeting called to discuss the CEO’s future.

Power plays in full force as WCC chief under threat

The WCC chief is in the firing line as councillor power games roll on.

WCC confidential item raises spectre of CEO demise

Rumblings are getting louder that WCC chief Peter Schneider is facing a motion of no confidence.

Two years on, Levy’s Beach dunes are still being trashed

One of W’bool’s wildest beaches continues to be trashed, despite a plan to protect it being released two years ago.

Ouch! WCC parking inspectors return with a vengeance

Ouch! Parking times are being enforced for the first time in months.

Wannon Water upgrade issues: The Terrier cheat sheet

It’s difficult to get your head around the Wannon Water sewage plant upgrade – here’s some help.

Public confidence in WCC crashes to an all-time low

The latest community survey for WCC is a train wreck, but there is still no clear plan on how to restore its reputation.

Wannon Water sewage plant upgrade must reach for the stars

Sewage is not sexy, but we shouldn’t settle for a b-grade solution for how we treat our ocean.

Veteran W’bool City Councillor Neoh falls foul of local laws

W’bool City councillor Mike Neoh has been on council for 16 years, but somehow his new family business has failed to meet all local laws.

Demolishing more of our precious history is a bridge too far

The 130-year-old Stanley St bridge could be demolished, despite having major repairs just three years ago.

Nice while it lasted: WCC lifts kindergarten fees after C19

W’bool City Council pushes on with kindergarten fee rises despite C19 and before the Budget is passed.

Holy shi*! Why is brown gunk being pumped into our ocean?

Will the $40 million upgrade to the Wannon Water treatment plant stop the dumping of dirty water into the sea?

Northpoint hotel saga creates one big headache

More than 12 years’ after it was first put to council, the Northpoint tavern/hotel remains under construction.

Crikey! The Terrier springs forth as the paper giants fold

Out of the kennel: My piece published in Crikey today on the seeds of hope for journalism in the regions.

Flushing out the truth about Wannon Water’s fatberg failure

The EPA has spelt out what activists have known all along, that the Wannon Water treatment plant was failing to catch all the gunk.

Time to press the re-set button at the next council election

WCC ratepayers will have their say on 24 October as to who is best to lead our city for the next four years.

Not drowning, saving: shire councils show the way with C19

Corangamite and Moyne shire councils have been out-swimming Warrnambool City Council in response to the financial fallout of C19.

No bones about it, WCC pet rego fees are astronomical

W’bool pet registration fees are going up again. We already pay the second highest rego fees in Australia, and nobody seems to know why.

Gas leak chokes two giant Norfolk pines

Two large Norfolk pines in East Warrnambool have been severely damaged by a gas leak.

Terrier tidbits: rates, credit cards, shite and spending

In these C19 times, The Terrier is chewing on some meaty tidbits rather than deep digs for the bones of truth.

Lyndoch ignores request to meet MP over bullying claims

It’s a month since South-west MP Roma Britnell asked to meet Lyndoch over bullying claims, but the response has been silence.

W’bool Mayor Herbert stays put, but council still wobbling

Cr Tony Herbert will remain as Mayor, but Warrnambool City Council still has a raft of staffing issues to confront.

With the Mayor on thin ice, could Cr Sycopoulis pull off a “Bradbury?

The unlikely and impossible are looking more likely, and more possible, with Cr Sycopoulis well positioned to be Mayor.

Brain fade: W’bool Mayor Tony Herbert breaches C-19 laws

W’bool Mayor Tony Herbert has been spotted breaching the Covid-19 laws just hours after he urged others to stay home.

Lyndoch in lockdown, but CEO still takes to the road

The whole of Warrnambool is being urged to stay put, so why has the Lyndoch CEO been on the move?

In times of crisis, our Mayor needs to step up to the plate

We are experiencing the greatest health crisis of our generation. Where is the WCC Mayor? And the CEO?

Lyndoch marks National Anti-Bullying Day with…bullying?

Lyndoch Living circulates a petition to support the CEO in the face of bullying allegations.

Pressure point: MP acts on explosive Lyndoch staff survey

A leaked staff survey confirms the question is not if Lyndoch is heading for an iceberg, but when it will hit.

Attack dog: when Lyndoch sent its lawyers after The Terrier

Being threatened with defamation is no fun, but it doesn’t mean shutting up.

Biologist Prof Rob Wallis recruited to Lyndoch board

Prof Rob Wallis is the latest hand-picked recruit to the Lyndoch board.

WMC practice manager resigns, will there be more to follow?

If the resignations keep coming at the W’bool Medical Clinic, Lyndoch may have $1.3m paid for fresh air.

Lyndoch spends up big on medical clinic, but at what risk?

Lyndoch paid $1.3m for the W’bool Medical Clinic, with nearly all of it spent on “goodwill”.

Which of our councillors have owned a racehorse?

A simple question of who on council has owned a racehorse is proving prickly.

Board silent after Lyndoch Living membership decisions

The Lyndoch board is saying nothing about who may have been accepted as members.

Racehorse trainers abandon Levy’s: the battle is over

At last: common sense has prevailed and Levy’s Beach/Tarerer coast will be spared from mass racehorse training.

Lyndoch board resignation kept under wraps…here’s why

Lyndoch board member Peter Downs resigned before Christmas and the community is being shut out of finding his replacement.

Cr Neoh attempts to be hero, but nobody falling for this one

All too little, too late: WCC Cr Mike Neoh pulls on the red cape as part of coup against CEO.

Lyndoch Living board member calls it quits…now what?

Well this is awkward. A Lyndoch Living board member has resigned, but who will fill the space?

Letter to the Editor sums up Lyndoch membership farce

No explanation necessary: this Letter to the Editor in the local paper is worth running in full.

Breaking down: WCC staggers under the weight of old ways

The WCC was hoping for change under the new CEO, but the resignations keep coming.

Lyndoch: more spent on lawyers and consultants than food

In the past two years, Lyndoch Living has spent more on lawyers, consultants and accountants than on food for residents.

Traditional Owners lift their voices, but will we ever listen?

In full: the moving letter by three Traditional Owners that was sent to WCC before last Monday’s crucial vote on racehorse training.

The truth behind Lyndoch’s immoral horse race sponsorship

The sponsorship deal between Lyndoch and the W’bool Racing Club makes a lie of an important promise made by Lyndoch 10 years ago.

Deficit: down the rabbit hole into Lyndoch Wonderland

We enter the world of Lyndoch Living, where down is up and deficits are good.

Racehorses: respecting Country and a crucial council vote

Monday night’s council vote on racehorse training at Levy’s will also be a test of our true respect for Indigenous culture.

WRC to WCC: Hi Bruce, can you help us out of a bind?

An email exchange between two powerful CEOs reveals so much about how business could be done in Warrnambool.

FOI: Digging into the numbers behind the Daz and Jaz show

When it came to swamping Warrnambool’s beaches with racehorses, there were just two names: Weir and McLean.

FOI confirms WCC weakness on racehorse training breaches

The WCC promised to keep a close eye on racehorse training at Lady Bay, but an FOI suggests it did very little.

Why is Lyndoch so paranoid about public scrutiny?

Lyndoch Living is owned by the community, but is acting more like a cabal, with a blanket rejection of new membership applications.

Senior W’bool City Council executive steps down

Another senior Warrnambool City Council executive has announced his resignation.

Election 2020: credit cards, rate rises and c*** acts

The 2020 council election is a chance for a clean out at the W’bool City Council, which has been damaged by in-fighting and financial scandals.

Lyndoch staff are finding their voices

Lyndoch staff are using an internal staff survey to speak up and out.

Blue-chip whistleblower goes public on WCC fraud inquiry

Frustrated by a lack of action over allegations of fraud and corruption, a whistleblower from the WCC steps into the light.

Lyndoch surveys staff, but the deeper questions remain

Lyndoch Living has hired a consultant to run a staff survey, but it could be – and should be – going so much deeper.

Amid allegations of staff shortages, Lyndoch’s off and racing

When aged care is under the pump, it’s hard to believe Lyndoch puts money toward gambling.

Lyndoch: a new company, complaints and potential conflicts

Complaints have been lodged with the Australian charities watchdog over Lyndoch’s move into a medical clinic.

Who’s paying? Lyndoch’s multi-million-dollar medical clinic

Plans for a multi-million dollar public medical clinic at Lyndoch Living raises more questions about priorities and funding.

Lyndoch Living chair issues statement to staff

Lyndoch chair Kerry Nelson has issued a statement to staff. It is worth reading and you can do so here.

Lyndoch: time to speak up, step up, and pull back the power

We need to speak up for Lyndoch and show that Warrnambool will not stand for bullies, no matter who they are, or what they promise.

Shifting sands on racehorse access to coastal reserve

Two W’bool City councillors have modified their positions on allowing racehorses into a wild beach.

Trainer banned as WCC cracks down on Lady Bay breaches

The W’bool City Council is finally cracking down on racehorse rule breakers at Lady Bay.

Is Lyndoch Living stitching up a deal for Scoborio Reserve?

A piece of prime public land could be swept up in the expansion of Lyndoch Living.

Lyndoch Living pulling down the shutters on scrutiny

Lyndoch is behaving more like a private corporation than a community owned home for our elderly and infirm.

WCC suffers mortal wound in Mayoral election bloodbath

How does the W’bool City Council come back from the brutal Mayoral showdown? It can’t.

Time to ask the tough questions of those in charge

It’s a big week coming up for these two powerful women, and we should all be watching.

WCC tearing each other’s heads off in mayoral race

Knives out: Isn’t the selection of Warrnambool’s next Mayor going well!

Where did you go? Crunching the numbers on Lyndoch staff

Many of the staff I used to see around Lyndoch are no longer there. A closer look at staffing changes might explain why.

Lyndoch’s big spend-up powers on despite $1.77m deficit

Lyndoch is rolling on with a $100 million masterplan, but where the money is coming from remains a mystery.

Cr Gaston on credit card abuse: “This is a blip. It will pass.”

A leaked email shines a light on what former Warrnambool mayor Cr Kylie Gaston thinks of the corporate credit card scandal.

A record profit for WRC, so let’s leave Levy’s alone

Far from falling over, local racing has never been stronger – without any access to Levy’s Beach.

Why WCC whistleblowers don’t go to the boss

WCC chief Peter Schneider got off to a very bad start with building trust. Here’s why.

Boom! Whistleblowers drop a bomb on the WCC

A string of red-hot allegations have been sent to Ratepayers Victoria by WCC whistleblowers.

A few more Foxy facts before taking a breather

The Terrier is taking a bit of a breather, but here are some final Foxy facts before I go.

Credit card rort: Foxy the fact checker goes digging

The fresh facts on WCC credit card abuse just keep coming, thanks to Foxy the Fact Checker.

Hold your bark back: speaking up is a now a crime

Meet Foxy. We need Foxy, because speaking up is now a crime, especially if you shout at the WCC.

Shock vote sees WCC vote for in-depth investigation

Nobody saw this coming – the voices of the people have been heard loud and clear by the WCC.

WCC credit card #4 and laying the whole mess bare

The time has come, the walrus said, to lay it all out there about the WCC mess, so today I am doing just that.

Credit card no 3: two dinners costing more than $2000

The more the W’bool City Council tries to contain its credit card mess, the deeper the hole.

WCC response to who attended two big dinners and why

The W’bool City Council’s reply in full to my questions about the two dinners.

Change up: next generation of journos heading our way

One of Australia’s top journos, Jo Chandler, will be in town next week with a group of masters journalism students to look at climate change.

A silent old shed speaks volumes about WCC waste

It isn’t pretty, but this old shed speaks volumes about the waste that has gone on within the Warrnambool City Council.

Emails flying as factional brawl rolls on in Liberal branch

Meanwhile, over in sideshow alley, the local Liberal branch is tearing its own head off.

It’s a trough life: WCC meal allowance soaks up $160 a day

The WCC’s new travel policy allows up to $90 per person, per day, for dinner when travelling. This is frugality?

Is there more to the WCC credit card scandal? Yes.

For weeks now, I have been asked one question about the Warrnambool City Council credit card scandal: is there more? The answer is yes.

WCC credit card scandal: why the whole thing reeks

Mayor Tony Herbert was alerted to big spending by a council manager months before he says he was. How do I know? I told him.

Ratepayers Victoria calls for urgent investigation into WCC

The credit card scandal within WCC is not going away, in fact the heat is rising.

Huge dog fines turning into a catastrophe for council

Why would the WCC pursue $330 fines for pet owners other than bloody mindedness and greed?

Doubles: WCC allows senior managers to hold private jobs

Can a full-time, senior council manager have a second job in the private sector? At Warrnambool City, yes.

Lyndoch Living rolls out masterplan…and cuts nursing staff

Lyndoch Living is going for broke with its $100m masterplan, but cutting back on staff.

Mayor’s response…and did we pay for a day at Flemington?

Secrets: WCC Mayor Tony Herbert was the only councillor told of the credit card scandal, which just keeps rolling on.

WCC credit cards: bringing in Barry, the Boolshite detector

Whitewashing won’t work, it’s time to bring in an independent auditor and Barry the Boolshite detector.

On the gravy train, there are always plenty of passengers

The WCC credit card scandal does not stop with just one manager. In fact, a new receipt shows we’re at the tip of the iceberg.

Credit cards: Roma Britnell pushes for independent inquiry

South-West Coast MP Roma Britnell has weighed into the credit card scandal at WCC, asking for an independent inquiry.

WCC credit card: if it’s fraud, what are we doing about it?

Ratepayers don’t want another review, they want to know if there was fraud and, if so, what is being done about it?

Revealed: the credit card spending that was to be kept secret

Thousands of dollars in repayments for purchases on a WCC credit card were kept from ratepayers.

Thanks to grant win, the Terrier is turning up the volume

The Terrier wins funding from the $100 million Judith Neilson Institute to hire a cadet Indigenous journalist.

The smoking gun: WCC credit card scandal blows right open

Credit card scandal: WCC tourism chief David McMahon has resigned and this explains why.

WCC credit cards: from tapas to tackle, where is the scrutiny?

Would you like a receipt with that? A lack of detail and scrutiny sums up the use of one W’bool City Council credit card.

Credit card scandal widens to former WCC chief Bruce Anson

As the WCC corporate credit card revelations roll on, the former CEO himself makes an appearance over a $185 lunch.

Mayor Herbert swept up in WCC credit card scandal

Mayor Tony Herbert is staying silent on the WCC credit card scandal, despite being among those sitting at the table when breakfast was served.

Eye fillet, pork belly and seafood linguine: your rates at work

WCC ratepayers have footed the bill for thousands of dollars spent on meals racked up on one corporate credit card, by one council manager.

WCC responses to first batch of credit card questions in full

Credit cards: The W’bool City Council answers to my first questions…in full.

Air issues expose deteriorating state of W’bool Art Gallery

Given the poor state of the W’bool Art Gallery and W’bool Library, why not combine the two in a new building?

We don’t want ‘sexy’, we just want sensible spending

A decade of poor scrutiny has led to the WCC budget crisis now in play.

Where would we be if nobody took a risk?

Revisiting the place where Alf Altmann started his epic effort to row solo across Bass Strait.

Confronting our brutal and bloody past

At last we are telling the stories of our true history, rather than the sanitised version.

No rules, no boundaries: racehorse training at Albert Park

How on earth can racehorse training be allowed in a public park where kids walk to school?

Taking a peek inside the world of assets and freebies

The Register of Interests provides a fascinating insight into the world of Federal MPs, including our own, Dan Tehan.

Did the WCC backdate a lease to cover its backside?

Something doesn’t add up about the WCC’s sudden move to a written lease for a CBD property after 30 years.

Nothing in writing for 30-year lease to WCC staff member

The WCC has leased a council-owned CBD apartment to a staff member for 30 years…on a handshake deal.

Titbits: Mr Smith, Mr McLean, and the “missing” May Race Day buses

Terrier titbits: Mr Smith comes to Warrnambool and other bits and bobs from the wild world of racing.

After Budj Bim, how will we justify racehorses at Levy’s?

Once Budj Bim is declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, how will we explain allowing racehorse training at Levy’s Beach?

Titbits: WCC staff meet the Boss, and those Aquazone dollars

Coming to a theatre near you: W’bool City Council staff meet their new boss, and more on the $1 million pool works.

Aquazone soaking up big dollars for improvements

Almost $1 million will be spent on works at Aquazone, but where is the money coming from?

Titbits: spending up, trees down and doin’ the Sharp shimmy

What a waste: The cash-strapped WCC is hiring highly paid staff and cutting down trees to build things we don’t need.

Liberal Party election shenanigans at aged care home

Can a Liberal Party campaign worker help the elderly to vote? Yes, they can.

Ouch! WCC sports ground fees climbing by 100%

A decision to lift sports ground fees by 100% over four years is starting to bite.

Power to the trees…and the people

Two 115-year-old Moreton Bay figs have been saved from the axe. Take a bow, because you did this.

Pave paradise, put up a parking lot: saving our beaches

More bitumen, coming to a beach near you. A $620,000 carpark will be built at Lady Bay for the racing industry.

Highly respected researcher wades into racehorse debate

Top-gun academic Dr John Sherwood, from Deakin University, is adding his expertise to the racehorses on beaches issue.

May Racing Carnival again has blood on its hands

With the death of yet another racehorse from the W’bool May Racing Carnival, how on earth can we support jumps racing?

Terrier titbits: 30kph zones, old trees and an election

Terrier titbits #2: Life in the slow lane as 30kph zones are introduced across the CBD.

Terrier titbits: the marquee folds and toilets running slow

Tender, meaty morsels for crazy May Race week.

Trainer’s move to Warrnambool gets Weir-der and Weir-der

Why would WA trainer Lindsey Smith want to take on Weir’s stables in W’bool? Hmmmmm.

Lyndoch CEO and W’bool Racing Club chief share racing ties

Lyndoch’s sponsorship of the Grand Annual Steeplechase has taken another twist.

Racing club whacked with a feather for training breaches

The W’bool City Council has dragged out a big feather and gently tapped the Warrnambool Racing Club for multiple breaches of racehorse training rules.

Sharp points to bigger airport burden for WCC ratepayers

Sharp receives $75,000 it didn’t ask for, from a council running the airport at a loss. Go figure.

The Terrier punches above its tiny weight

The Terrier is one of only 11 projects to receive a Walkley Grant from more than 100 applicants.

Goodbye to the original terrier, my mum

The original terrier has left this world, but her legacy lives on in me.

Snow White, the Seven Dwarfs and the city of WooBoo

To explain the W’bool City Council budget woes, I could flood you with numbers or write a cautionary fairytale. I have gone for the latter.

Adam Kempton: 12 reasons why not to break the rate cap

Lawyer and provocateur Adam Kempton gives a dozen reasons why busting the rate cap is a very bad idea.

WCC ignores public opinion and pushes to break rate cap

The legacy of former WCC chief executive Bruce Anson is now being felt on the bottom line.

It’s official: Warrnambool is being fleeced for dog rego fees

Warrnambool is the second most expensive place in the whole of Australia to register your desexed dog. Why?

The people say “no” to plan for $600 market trader levy

A W’bool City Council plan to introduce a $600 market trader fee has hit a wall of protest.

Racehorses churn and burn at Lady Bay as WCC steps in

Racehorse trainers continue to ignore the rules at Lady Bay, despite the WCC meeting with the WRC this week to discuss numerous breaches.

We are one world: Christchurch

Warrnambool’s tribute to Christchurch: we stand with you. No more hate.

WCC plans to hit market traders with $600 fee

The WCC has sparked a near riot with its plan to hit market stall holders with a new $600 a year fee.

No words, just a beautiful Loud Fence

Warrnambool creates a LoudFence for all survivors of childhood sexual assault.

Lady Bay racehorses and beach kids a disaster in waiting

A potentially lethal mix of racehorses and young children came dangerously close at Lady Bay on the long weekend.

100 dead birds and rising in Lake Pertobe botulism outbreak

Within the calm surrounds of Lake Pertobe, there is a mass killing underway and not enough is being done to stop it.

Revealing the truth about south-west’s violent past

This massacre map is so confronting, but so necessary to examine if we are to face the truth. 

W’bool puts up a massive fight for the Bight

What a beautiful, uplifting sight. One of the biggest protests seen in Warrnambool to #fightforthebight

WCC rate rise and the Hill that is bleeding us all

Flagstaff Hill will cost ratepayers $600,000 this year, with still no long-term survival plan in sight.

WCC rate rise and May Racing Carnival corporate tent

Budgets are tight, but the W’bool City Council’s corporate tent at the May Racing carnival is untouchable.

WCC rate rise and a $450,000 roundabout makeover

Despite WCC financial pressures, it’s full steam ahead for a $450,000 makeover to a city roundabout.

WCC rate rise and pushing $328,000 down a drain

Not a revelation, but a reminder of the $300,000-plus that could have been saved on Simpson St drain project.

Drinks on us: W’bool City Council’s corporate credit cards

Drinks on us: a closer look at the W’bool City Council’s corporate credit cards amid push for rate rise.

WCC rate rise and spending more than $900k on consultants

How to save $700,000 in seven days: the (almost) $1 million cost of consultants.

W’bool City Council rate rise and the Taj Mahal of toilets

How to save $700,000 in seven days, starting with the toilets.

Historic trainers to pay $341.25 per horse for beach access

While the battle for Levy’s rages, new details are emerging for racehorse training on other beaches.

Hi Tony, maaaaaate: the ties between the WCC and racing

The local Liberal Party ructions have exposed – again – the deep ties between the W’bool City Council and racing.

With disgraced Weir gone, the game is up

The hammer has fallen on trainer Darren Weir…and the ass has fallen out the argument to allow 800 racehorses a week at Levy’s.

Is the new Liebig St working, or not?

Is a lack of free parking killing Warrnambool’s Liebig St? A petition signed by almost 3000 people say it is.

Weir scandal offers WCC a chance to ditch Levy’s plan

The Weir-McLean scandal gives the W’bool City Council the perfect “out” from the disastrous plan to allow racehorses at Levy’s Beach.

The chequered past of Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean

Trainers Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean share a chequered past, punctuated by a string of offences under racing rules.

WCC spends thousands on Cape Schanck delegation despite pushing rate rise

The W’bool City Council spent thousands to send seven delegates to a conference at Cape Schanck last July, including the W’bool Racing Club CEO.

No racehorses in W’bool City Council’s 1998 plan for Levy’s

Yet another plan for Levy’s Beach that was started, never finished and then forgotten.

How can racehorse training be approved without an impact study?

Racehorse training is set to start at Levy’s, but there is still no environmental impact study.

WCC breaks its new coastal plan to allow racehorse training

The W’bool City Council went to great lengths to build a new coastal plan, only to ignore it.

Drawing deep for a long, tough journey

A stretch of our wild beach is about to be sacrificed, but this story reminds me of why we must not give up hope.

W’bool City Council sells out to might of racing industry

The W’bool City Council has crumbled under the weight of the racing industry by handing it access to a coastal reserve.

Urgent WCC meeting to endorse racehorses at Levy’s Beach

W’bool City Council will hold an urgent meeting this week to endorse racehorses training at Levy’s. The capitulation is almost complete.

Rumblings growing louder about racehorse training at Levy’s

Things have gone eerily quiet on the push to get racehorse training at Levy’s Beach, but I suspect something is afoot. (Image: Racenet)

All go, go for FOGO? Well, yes, yes and no, no

The WCC’s new organic waste service is a terrific move, but it could take a year or more before it reaches your street.

Sweet potatoes: how Purcell pushed Britnell over the line

James Purcell, having tried his darnedest to edge Roma Britnell out of her seat, ended up being the one who kept her in it.

Ten local takeaways from the state election

Ten local takeaways from the amazing state election.

Survey reveals staff stress and discontent within WCC

An independent survey of W’bool City Council staff has revealed that many of its workers feel stressed, undervalued and frustrated.

Purcell, potatoes and why the Liberals will win (again)

Election: The Liberals are shaping up for yet another win in the south-west, but can we make it at least close?

Construction giant hammers WCC for wasting ratepayers’ money

Construction giant Graeme Rodger has blasted W’bool City Council for a tender process that will see ratepayers pay $328,000 more for a project.

Lyndoch apartments slow to move, despite race sponsorship

Waterfront by Lyndoch sponsors the W’bool jumps race, but its apartment sales remain sluggish.

The “in-crowd” and the “out-crowd” damages democracy

Whether you like him or not, W’bool City Councillor Peter Hulin’s exclusion from ever being chosen as mayor is a big ‘stuff you’ to voters.

Racehorse training permit mess exposes serious issues

From breaking the law to conflicts of interest, the WCC’s handling of racehorses-on-beaches has exposed serious gaps in the system.

Off and racing: the Kylie, James and Martin show

In backing racehorse training at Levy’s Beach, Cr Kylie Gaston moved from environmentalist to a political beast. Some will never forgive her.

Racehorse debacle puts spotlight on W’bool City Council CEO

Racehorse training at Levy’s has been found to be illegal. Why did the W’bool City Council CEO not tell us what he knew?

Giant trees saved for now, but what happens next?

Two of our oldest street trees have been temporarily spared from the axe, but the fight is far from over.

Our wild places and old trees need saving, not destroying

This is our precious, living heritage and you, Warrnambool City Council, are trashing it.

W’bool City Council opens up on 30-year lease deal to staffer

By Carol Altmann It has been a bit like pulling teeth, but the Warrnambool City Council has finally released more detail about why it has…

Port Pirie had a Rolf Harris mural – now it doesn’t

A few days ago, Port Pirie had a mural by Rolf Harris in a local theatre – now it doesn’t.

Racing offers $267k sweetener for early access to Levy’s Beach

Racing is offering the W’bool City Council a big lump of sugar as part of its push to have racehorses back at Levy’s by December.

Free kick: Is Labor backing Purcell over its own candidate?

Free kick: Is Labor backing Independent James Purcell in the south-west?

Milking it: how Crs Neoh and Gaston can be councillors AND wanna-be MPs

By Carol Altmann Here is a legal loophole that is so big, you could drive a truck through it: you can be a local councillor…

Is W’bool City Council a bloated boys’ club? The sums say yes.

Despite rate capping and a growing salary bill, life at the top of the Warrnambool City Council remains lucrative.

WCC leasing deals: a wall of silence…and a shiny new shed

Nothing to see here. The WCC pulls down the shutters on revelations a staff member has rented a council property for more than 30 years.

New figures confirm Flagstaff Hill is done and dusted

New figures confirm Flagstaff Hill is in a death spiral: we now need to plan its replacement.

Huge changes afoot as Midfield Meats makes it move

Midfield Meats is on the move, with significant implications for Merrivale and beyond.

Lifting the lid on 30-year-rent deal for WCC staff member

A senior WCC staff member has lived in a subsidised, council-owned apartment for more than 30 years. How?

Are we being told the truth about Flagstaff Hill?

I have been looking at visitor numbers for Flagstaff Hill and there are worrying signs.

Plastic dump investigation needs a whistleblower

By Carol Altmann Every time I look at the above photo of Warrnambool woman Colleen Hughson, I am struck by the humility of it. There…

We just signed up to 76,800 horses on our wild beaches

By Carol Altmann The full power of the horse racing industry in Victoria has been laid bare. In 118 pages, the Belfast Coastal Reserve Management Plan…

All smiles: Dan Tehan’s friends in racing

MP Dan Tehan is a big fan of racing, but more than that, he owns shares in a racehorse with WRC chairman Nick Rule.

It will soon cost $70 to register your dog – and here’s why

The Terrier – Carol Altmann WARRNAMBOOL ratepayers are in for a shock next year (2019) when it comes to putting out their rubbish and registering…

How can you dump piles of deadly plastic without detection?

By Carol Altmann LAST November, millions of tiny plastic pellets (nurdles) were dumped illegally into Warrnambool’s sewerage treatment system – polluting our beaches all the way…

My child, how can I protect you?

This piece was submitted by a local woman who signed the petition to remove the Rolf Harris mural from the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool. I…

Petition launched to advertise CEO position

A petition has been launched asking the W’bool City Council to advertise the position of its CEO for the first time in 11 years*. As…

W’bool City Council CEO salary goes higher and higher

You don’t know it, but the Warrnambool City Council voted to give its CEO, Bruce Anson, a pay rise last week and he now earns…

Does horse racing rule our town?

Carol Altmann – The Terrier One of the many things that struck me while working through the plan to allow commercial racehorse training on our…

10 good reasons why we must say no to horses and dogs

By Carol Altmann Why horses and dogs don’t belong in the conservation and conservation/recreation zones that will stretch from Killarney Beach to Warrnambool: 1. At…

Taking a stand: “But Carol, where will it end?”

I met two unforgettable people last week while collecting signatures to erase the mural by sexual predator Rolf Harris at the Lighthouse Theatre in Warrnambool.

Both of them, one a man, the other a woman, were survivors of child sexual abuse and were, as they described it, “finding their voice” to talk about such a personal atrocity and do everything they could to ensure that no other child would suffer what they had.

After Don and Harvey, can we stick with Rolf Harris?

What message does this black perspex send to women and girls in Warrnambool?

Embracing the winds of change in Warrnambool

I am so glad that the postal vote on same-sex marriage happened while I was living here in Warrnambool, because I needed to make peace with this town.

Edna Jones’ baby: a story of shame, secrets and setting things right

By Carol Altmann Meet Marilla Lenne, the “secret” daughter of Edna Jones, one of the two “Jones Girls” who for decades owned and operated one of south-west Victoria’s…

Can W’bool break its coffee cup habit?

By Shane Wilson* Walk down Liebig Street from 8.30am on every weekday, and come to think of it weekends, and you will see the hastened…

Could we play our own Trump card?

By Tom Waterwheel* Australians seem to view the rise of Trumpist populism with bemusement and alarm. The daily trainwreck of Donald Trump and his advisors…

Where are the ‘police’ Norfolk pines now?

The Terrier – Carol Altmann There is an interesting follow-up to our March piece about the removal of the two historic Norfolk pine trees from the…

No close shaves here: Paul Howlett

By Carol Altmann The beard is back and there is no more lustrous, free-flowing, eye-catching example than Paul Howlett’s in full flight as he strides down…

Midfield Merrivale milk factory off the boil

The Terrier – Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] T [/dropcap]wo of the most controversial projects to be approved in Warrnambool in recent times –…

How we get from topless bars to abuse

By Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] A [/dropcap]fter I published this piece, a reader wrote to me, asking how I “joined the dots”…

Tourism? We are missing out big time

The Terrier A little statistic popped out of Parks Victoria about six weeks ago that should have had us all gasping and wondering what we…

In full voice: the irrepressible Lyn Eales

By Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] L [/dropcap]yn Eales is a performer, a pacifist, an activist and an organiser; a leader, a doer,…

The power of a single, anonymous note

This piece was submitted by a reader. I will keep her name anonymous. [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] I [/dropcap]t was with a heavy heart…

The boy who talked to teapots: Bill Abrahams

By Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] A [/dropcap]sk Bill Abrahams how his obsession with op-shops, thrift shops and secondhand stuff began and he pulls out…

Stroke of luck – surviving a killer

By Lee Nicholson [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] C [/dropcap]lose your eyes for just a moment. Is everything silent? No?

Historic trees could have been saved

Opinion/Analysis by Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] D [/dropcap]o you remember the two giant Norfolk pines that were cut down at the Warrnambool…

When the heart hardens, the community hurts

  By Jim Clarke, former editor and general manager of The Standard. [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] A [/dropcap]s Australia’s two major publishers continue along…

Starting again…

[dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] M [/dropcap]ost of you will remember Bluestone Magazine, a small start-up that brought an online, fully independent magazine to south-west Victoria…

From bondage to a whole new discipline

By Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 35px; color: #8cc7d0;”] W [/dropcap] hen I last saw Leah Potter about 14 years ago, she was standing 6ft 5″…

The Sleevehearts: putting it out there

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.the-terrier.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/lee-nicholson-smaller.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Welcome to Soundcheck: a look at the local live music scene with Lee Nicholson. You can contact Lee at editor@the-terrier.com.au[/author_info] [/author] [dropcap style=”font-size:…

James Purcell’s potential conflict of interest

Opinion: MLC James Purcell’s potential conflict of interest. (Image: Enjoy Racing)

Purcell on racing industry: Hansard

Hansard: 15 September 2016 COUNCIL Adjournment JAMES PURCELL Mr  PURCELL  (Western Victoria) — The adjournment matter I raise tonight is for the Minister for Racing, Mr Pakula.…

Hot off the presses: Deakin plan

[box]This is the media release in full just issued by Deakin University:[/box] DEAKIN WARRNAMBOOL HERE TO STAY  Monday, 3 October 2016 [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”]D[/dropcap]eakin University…

New website captures FJ stories

New website captures FJ stories.

WCC terminations, resignations and payouts

W’bool City Council terminations, resignations and payouts.

Deakin: Phillpot discreet amid leadership vacuum

Deakin: Phillpot discreet amid leadership vacuum.

Opinion: Deakin a casualty of poor leadership

Opinion: Deakin a casualty of poor leadership.

Opinion: Deakin Uni can afford to stay

Analysis: Deakin Uni can afford to stay, so why doesn’t it?

Analysis: The wrecking of the Warrnibald

Analysis: The wrecking of the Warrnibald.

WCC being sued over train crossing death

WCC being sued over crossing death.

Montgomery tipped to buy Glenormiston

Exclusive: Montgomery tipped to buy Glenormiston.

Tightening the tap on council leaks

Analysis: Tightening the grip on information.

So who was this Mr Liebig?

Who who was this Mr Liebig?

A $4m Loch Ard peacock, but who has the key?

The Vault: a $4m peacock but who has key?

More than a farmer’s wife: rural women’s forum

Fashion and farming: designer Leila Sweeney is the modern face of farming life. Image: Andy Rogers

From a rock to our best-known sculpture

How did this wonderful sculpture get there? See our fascinating images and slideshow….

WIN: Day Kitty organic fruit and vegie box

WIN a Day Kitty organic vegie box.

WIN: A $50 FJ Market stall voucher

WIN: A $50 FJ Market stall voucher.

The Vault: WCC spends $450k and no report?

The Vault: F4Kids spends $450k and no report?

Fascinating images from FJ archive

Fascinating images from FJ archive.

Rare Fletcher Jones images inspire top artist

Rare FJ images inspire top artist.

The fashionable world of Suzi Walter

Suzie Walter’s talent with fashion design goes back a long way – and right to the top.

FJ Markets no longer stalled, but racing

The Fletcher Jones Markets are no longer stalled but racing.

WIN: Cooper Lower’s EP

WIN: Cooper Lower’s EP, Just A Thought.

Exclusive Helen Garner event

An exclusive evening with Helen Garner.

Uncovered: Rena Jones’ lovely letter to the people

Uncovered: Rena Jones’ letter to open Pleasant Hill.

Protected: Photos: Inside the new 222 Timor St

Subscribers: all the photos from 222 Timor St.

A renovation on a grand scale: 222 Timor

Step inside: The Taylor family has restored and renovated an 1850s building with incredible results…

The musical highs of Cooper Lower

Discover the musical highs of young talent Cooper Lower…

WIN: Chinese New Year banquet at Proudfoots

WIN! Tickets to Chris Grace’s Chinese New Year banquet.

Women’s art prize unveils guest judge

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A5CECD;”] T [/dropcap]he new director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery Vanessa Gerrans will judge this year’s South West International Women’s Day…

The Vault: trees, transparency and truth

The Vault: Trees, transparency and the truth.

Tea trees gone, but pavement still rising….

A hazard in plain view.

The big shed shemozzle: we follow the money

Shed shemozzle: we follow the money.

The Vault: The big shed shemozzle, part 3

The Vault: WCC shed is on the move….

Prominent Merri River site slated for subdivision

The Vault: What a prominent lawyer has planned for a prominent site.

Patloch Lane an opportunity gone begging

Analysis: Patloch Lane an opportunity gone begging.

Artery is pumping and here’s what’s next…

The Artery is pumping – and about to get even bigger.

A year of mid-century designs: Clinton Krause

Clinton Krause: A year of mid-century designs.

The Vault: emails on cost of swimming pool tiles

Inside The Vault: the cost of swimming pool tiles.

The artistic face of Christopher Grace

At arm’s length: we discover the artistic side of chef Christopher Grace.

“By the Winged Feet of Hermes”

By Joseph Buller By the Winged Feet of Hermes: A Tale in Two Parts Part One: Oh, such horrors, I shall bestow upon you all…

Drifting on a dream to the Drift House

Drifting: John Watkinson and Colleen Guiney are the creative minds behind Port Fairy’s Drift House.

Big spend on changerooms as diving pool sinks

Analysis: The Warrnambool diving pool is dead in the water – but big dollars spent on tiling. (Image: Lost Warrnambool)

The Vault: Behind the scenes of an ugly pre-selection

The Vault: Behind the scenes of an ugly pre-selection.

Win sparking wine for Christmas!

[box]Win! We have two bottles of Henkell sparkling wine to give away to one lucky subscriber. All you need to do to be in the…

The Vault: The big shed shemozzle part 2

Inside The Vault: the big shed shemozzle, part 2

Enclosed harbour expensive, risky and unnecessary: letter

Environmentalist Bruce Campbell writes on why enclosing the Warrnambool harbour is such a bad idea.

By-election: Ind Liberal Pete Smith has a final word..

By-election: Lib Independent Pete Smith lets loose.

End of the road for retro motel, Caravilla

End of the road for retro motel, Caravilla.

Discovering another gem of an op shop…

We discover another gem of an op-shop.

Show us a trick, Dr Nick!

The magic of Nick Thies and the WTC review.

By-election: why we are backing Roy Reekie

South West Coast by-election: why we are backing independent Roy Reekie. (Image: RJ & KF Photography)

Fun4Kids Festival 2015: the results are in

Analysis  – Carol Altmann The figures for the 2015 Fun4Kids Festival are in, and it’s a case of good news and bad news for the…

The Stag starts new chapter in Sessions

The Stag, Port Fairy, has started a stunning new chapter under Kirstyn and Ryan Sessions.

Time stands still in Reicha’s store

The quirky world of Reicha’s store.

Can the Maremmas save Flagstaff Hill?

Comment: Can the Maremma’s save W’bool’s Flagstaff Hill?

The pot, the shell dolly and the bower bird

Clinton Krause: visiting the amazing Drylie collection.

By-election: Roy Reekie on rail

[box]ROY REEKIE is running as an independent in the by-election for South West Coast. Here he writes about improving the rail service:[/box] [quote] [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px;…

By-election: Michael McCluskey on education

[box]MICHAEL McCLUSKEY is running as an independent in the by-election for South West Coast. Here he writes about improving education:[/box] [quote] [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #8F9F59;”]…

South-west women’s art prize offers hope

South-west women’s art prize offers hope.

Why WCC Mayor Neoh should step aside

Why WCC Mayor Neoh must step aside.

Rolling along in the Roobaix de Bool!

Rolling along in the Roobaix de Bool.

Priceless Fletcher Jones coat that fits us all

A priceless Fletcher Jones coat that fits us all.

First female Liberal candidate for South-West?

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] A[/dropcap] little bit of history will be made on Sunday (Sept 20) if, as suspected, the Liberal Party endorses a woman…

McCluskey endorses marriage equality

By-election: Michael McCluskey endorses marriage equality.

By-election: Mayor Neoh tipped to run for Nationals

By-election: WCC Mayor Neoh tipped to run for Nationals.

Win a night of luxury at Drift House, Port Fairy

Win a night at The Drift House, Port Fairy. Full details here.

By-election: are we on a road to nowhere?

South-west coast by-election: are we on a road to nowhere?

Feeling a building in your bones

Profile: Award-winning designer Donna Monaghan doesn’t just look at buildings, she really sees them.

To the lighthouse: a trip to Cape Nelson

To the lighthouse: we take a tour of the Cape Nelson Lighthouse.

Roy Reekie’s open letter to voters

By-election: Roy Reekie’s open letter to voters.

WCC wimps out on marriage equality

W’bool City Council wimps out on marriage equality.

WCC Mackay trip: Keeping it in the family

Analysis: The WCC “fact finding” visit to north Queensland.

The write stuff: author Steven Conte

The Write Stuff: Port Fairy author Steven Conte on the rollercoaster of success.

How Bruce Anson appears to have a job for life

How Bruce Anson appears to have a job for life.

Fishing for great stories from Fletcher Jones

The call is out for Fletcher Jones’ stories.

Sign of the times for Mortlake icon

Clinton Krause visits a Mortlake 60s icon.

Remembering Eva: an arts matriarch

Remembering Eva Gaspar: an arts matriarch.

W’bool losing its character, brick by brick

Analysis: Surely we can do better than this?

WCC continues to close off public scrutiny

Analysis: WCC continues to close off public scrutiny.

Tehan remains opposed to marriage equality

Wannon MP Dan Tehan remains opposed to marriage equality.

Win a night and dinner at The Merrijig Inn

CLOSED – WINNER ANNOUNCED IN JULY 19 EDITION [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] W[/dropcap]e like to reward our loyal subscribers for the enormous part they…

Reunion exhibition a 4-tifying experience

It has only taken 27 years, but the Gang of Four have reunited.

Artlink rises from the ashes of Artlink

Artlink rises from the ashes of Artlink.

Time.

Short thoughts: grabbing life with both hands.

W’bool wakes up and smells the coffee

W’bool’s cafe revolution continues, with ‘Rough Diamond’ among them.

Cigar box guitars are really smokin’

Custom-made, cigar box guitars are smokin’…

Where does WCC stand on same-sex marriage?

Analysis: Where does WCC stand on same-sex marriage? We find out.

Uncorking another Port Fairy winter weekend

Suffoir winery joins Port Fairy Winter Weekends gourmet feast.

Bag a bargain in an old-style op shop

Old-fashioned op shop proving a hit in Koroit.

No cutting corners: Jack Hancock joins Fabrication II

Gifted Melbourne clothing designer Jack Hancock, who grew up in Warrnambool, is adding his skills to Fabrication II.

The polarising force that is Cr Peter Hulin

Profile: the polarising force that is W’bool City Councillor Peter Hulin.

Stitch up: fabulous Fabrication on again

Stitch up: the fabulous Fabrication project is on again, using old materials salvaged from Fletcher Jones.

Mt Elephant rises from its slumber

Derrinallum mechanic Geoff Henderson is the keeper of the keys to a volcano – Mt Elephant – which is now open to the public.

Letters: Region suffers as training kitchens stand idle

Your letters: Region suffers as training kitchens idle.

A Front Paddock just perfect for grazing

The Front Paddock adds a touch of class to Derrinallum.

Races, rates and rubbery figures

ANALYSIS: is this WCC fuel-guzzler really necessary?

Win: A limited edition Ella Webb print

WIN: A limited edition Ella Webb print.

How David Jones saved “Metamorphosis”

How the late David Jones saved the sculpture “Metamorphosis”.

Why doesn’t W’bool have a major art prize?

Why doesn’t W’bool have a major art prize? Image: Craig Ruddy.

Koroit, coffee and the three-song commute

Koroit is becoming cool and artist Clare Fennessy, a new Koroit resident, is among those contributing to the change.

Hooded plovers play catch me if you can

Birdcatchers: the team behind the Hooded Plover tag project swoop into the south-west.

The Warrnambool man who taught Namatjira watercolours

The Warrnambool man who taught Albert Namatjira watercolours.

Once-proud “Rowitta” is now an abandoned ship

Flagstaff Hill tourism jewel now an abandoned ship.

W’bool City Council’s big shed shemozzle

The Warrnambool City Council big shed shemozzle.

Peter Ronald on the destruction of 100-year-old ‘Rowitta’

Former Flagstaff Hill director Peter Ronald on the end of the Rowitta.

Letters: Walk in memory of a working class man

Walk in the memory of a working-class man.

The quietly dramatic art of Anne Fleming

We travel to the Dunkeld studio of painter and ceramist Anne Fleming.

Win a Lana’s Garden hamper or Piccolo voucher

CLOSED (winners Karen Walsh and Victoria Araldi) [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] T [/dropcap]he next 10 yearly subscribers will be in the draw for a…

$1.6m Wannon Park upgrade to proceed despite scandal

$1.6m upgrade for Wannon Park on track despite scandal.

Silencing councillors tightens grip on public right to know

The WCC and silencing the public’s right to know.

Huge apartments will set ugly precedent

Analysis: massive apartment plan will set ugly precedent.

True love: backyard hens and the egg factor

Why do we love our backyard hens? + Win a bag of chickenfeed!

Clarice Beckett Art Award open for 2015

Clarice Beckett Award opens for 2015.

When words fail, there is always art

As a dyslexic, Casterton artist Collin Tenney lets his art do the talking, with award-winning results…

Your feedback to us…

Hello subscribers and Bluestone readers, Thankyou to those people on our newsletter list who provided us with feedback on what you enjoy about Bluestone and the…

“Dysfunctional” council beats a rubber stamp

Analysis: Why we prefer a ‘dysfunctional’ W’bool City Council.

Little old shoe leads to a humble war hero

How an old shoe led to a W’bool war hero…

NEW! Your letters. Read the first one here.

The thinking behind building a Big Life

Michael Barling & Sean Kenny on the thinking behind ‘Big Life’.

Unearthed: how the Warrnambool cemetery works

Unearthed: how the Warrnambool Cemetery works…

Harris mural a lost opportunity to take a stand

Harris mural a lost opportunity for renewal.

Sovereign Hill strikes gold as ‘Flaggy’ struggles

Why is Sovereign Hill striking gold as Flaggy Hill struggles?

Ed Mahony joins the race for WCC election

Fresh face: Ed Mahony’s bid to join W’bool City Council.

Granny rises from the grave for Women’s Day

Recreating ‘Granny’s’ Grave through textiles.

A friendship built on rock solid foundations

Two best friends who share a renovation dream.

Harris mural: who is listening to the survivors?

The Rolf Harris mural: who is listening to survivors?

Win a stunning glass pendant

CLOSED – winners have been sent an email. [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] A [/dropcap]re you one of the many people who has been meaning…

Heritage Vic to take no action against Flagstaff Hill

Inquiry clears Flagstaff Hill over missing relics.

Veil of secrecy over salary of the WCC’s top job

Analysis: The veil of secrecy over the salary package of WCC chief.

A really bright move – and it’s all about coffee

At Brightbird, it’s all about the coffee…and donuts.

A fence full of happy soles at Tyrendarra

Happy soles: the story behind the shoe fence at Tyrendarra.

A life behind the lens: Jack Wilkins

We profile photographer Jack Wilkins.

If Harris mural stays, perspex must come down

Analysis: If the Harris mural stays, the perspex must come down.

The Vault: Wilma Wright, FOI and more

The Vault: Wilma Wright, FOI and more…

Rare images of FJ silver ball

Unlocked: rare images of the FJ silver ball.

Montgomery buys a slice of ‘Motang’ history

Who is the new owner of this landmark W’bool property?

Midfield plans may hit Merrivale house prices

Midfield plans may hit Merrivale house prices.

David v Goliath in Midfield expansion plan

The people of Merrivale – including Janis and Dean Bennett – are fighting a David v Goliath battle to stop the Midfield expansion of giant proportions.

Rare silver ball images emerge from collection

Work has started on telling the stories behind the Fletcher Jones factory – as rare images of the silver ball emerge from engineer Ralph Jones’ personal collection.

WA Museum chief says claim from “confusion”

UPDATE – Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #DC943C;”] T [/dropcap]he Western Australian Museum has further investigated an incorrect claim by Flagstaff Hill director Peter Abbott…

WA Museum rejects Abbott’s claims of lost items

EXCLUSIVE: The Western Australian Museum has rejected claims by Flagstaff Hill director Peter Abbott that it could not locate more than 6600 items in its collection…

Investigation launched into Flagstaff Hill

EXCLUSIVE: An investigation has been launched into Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum over its handling of the collection…

Women shine in W’bool Australia Day awards

Warrnambool Citizen of the Year, Vicki Jellie, has topped the list of Australia Day awards in a year dominated by women…

Love birds flock to Portland gannet colony

Gawking at gannets at Portland.

Glorious remnants of “Googie” groove

Gorgeous remnants of ‘Googie’ groove in south-west…

Tea-totallers welcome at Panmure pub

Teetotalling has taken on a whole new meaning at the Panmure Hotel, with owner Annie Lenehan offering high tea to her customers…

Win tickets to hear Clem Ford at IWD dinner

CLOSED – winners Jacqui Eberbach and Kate Scanlan Bluestone Magazine is giving away 2 tickets (valued at $90 each) to attend the International Women’s Day…

Win a Glenafton goat milk skincare pack

CLOSED: winners, Nan Adams, Lesley Barnewall, Jane McDonald, Patricia Edney, Marianne Anthony and Ann O’Keeffe. [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #DC943C;”] T [/dropcap]hanks to the generosity…

Abbott actions reveal toxic culture in council

Opinion: The toxic culture within the WCC.

Flagstaff Hill: a museum in transition or a mess?

More revelations about the Flagstaff Hill collection saga …

Are missing Loch Ard ingots the tip of the iceberg?

In our first Opinion piece of the year, we ask if the Loch Ard ingots missing from Flagstaff Hill are just the tip of the iceberg…

The changing landscape under Midfield Meats

The changing landscape under Midfield Meats.

A musical career with strings attached

South-west musician Philip Trigg has been performing classical and contemporary music his whole life, but is happy to remain very much in the background…

Wood carving part of a chain reaction

It is not the most delicate tool available, but a chainsaw is the starting point for Brad Hunt’s sculptural work in wood…

Street artist secures W’bool mural project

OPINION – Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] L [/dropcap]eading Melbourne graffiti artist Matt “Adnate” Last has been chosen to create a $13,000 interactive mural in…

Young creatives: Bronwen Rose and ugly beauty

Young Creatives: Emerging artist Bronwen Rose.

All in the family for FJ Christmas picnic

The Fletcher Jones Christmas Picnic will see artist Damian McDonald joined by his daughter, Minapre, in what will be their first stall together….

Warrnambool trader levy poised for defeat

The votes are in on the controversial Warrnambool traders levy …

Why I am running: Michael McCluskey, Indpt

[box]In the lead-up to the Nov 29 state election, Bluestone Magazine invited candidates from the three major parties – Liberal, ALP and Greens – to…

Behind the spin, W’bool business is losing heart

OPINION [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color:#A02F2F;”] Q [/dropcap]uite a bit has been written about the latest Warrnambool Business Confidence Survey that tests the pulse of local…

Sucking the wind right out of Portland’s sails

Opinion: What is the long-term future of Portland?

Fletcher Jones cross will light up again

Exclusive: The last illuminated cross on top of the Fletcher Jones silver ball in Warrnambool will light up again from next month – but not on top of the ball. (Image: Mitch Stansfield)

Young creatives: the mythology of Alex Jones

Young creatives: Teenager Alex Jones, from Bushfield, is a young artist to watch out for, with his exploration of mythology already turning heads and winning prizes…

Fun4Kids: the missing bits

OPINION When the Warrnambool City Council gathers tonight (3/11) for its monthly public meeting, there will be one item missing from the agenda: the full…

Bool Belles Review: The Goldfinch

(CLOSED) [button link=”#https://www.facebook.com/BluestoneMagazine?ref=hl” color=”orange” newwindow=”yes”] If you are a subscriber and would like to win a copy of this month’s book, simply email us at…

Ella Webb well and truly in the loop

Ella Webb is well and truly in the loop…

Turning in to the Turn In Motel…

Step inside the legendary Turn In Motel…

Fun4Kids faces axe after cost blow-out

  Opinion – Carol Altmann The 2014 Fun4Kids festival is expected to show a record loss of up to $600,000, prompting a recommendation from Warrnambool City Council staff that…

The ‘mystery man’ behind $20m apartment plan

EXCLUSIVE: We reveal the ‘mystery man’ behind the $20 million apartment complex proposal for Warrnambool…

This treasure mixes it with the best

[box] As part of our Treasures section, we will make a monthly visit to Tony and Luke at Ozone Bazaar in Koroit St, Warrnambool (who…

Capturing Warrnambool’s diverse heart

James Mepham is out to capture multicultural W’bool

Enjoying a slice of the good life in Dunkeld

New Dunkeld cafe is a delight…

Granny’s Grave buried in bureaucracy

OPINION [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #DC943C;”] T [/dropcap]here are not a lot of memorials to women in Warrnambool: in fact compared to the ovals, parks,…

Historic trader levy vote: it’s not easy to say no

OPINION [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #DC943C;”] A [/dropcap]fter months of often acrimonious debate, Warrnambool traders will have an historic vote from next week on whether they…

Rising to the challenge of breast cancer

Susie Alexander shares her breast cancer story…

Struggling with the question of why

Panmure artist Lisa Firestone asks some tough questions about suicide.

All words, no funding, for the Fletcher Jones story

OPINION – Carol Altmann If there was any doubt as to how much the Fletcher Jones Pleasant Hill site in Warrnambool means to locals, the…

The beat goes round and round for Spinners

[dropcap style=”color:#DC943C;”] I [/dropcap]t began as a good idea for a housewarming party that has taken on a life of its own as a regular rug-twisting,…

From legal eagle to sea eagle: Jock Serong

Words and photos by Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”color: #dc943c;”] T [/dropcap]he most commonly told story about Port Fairy editor and author Jock Serong is that…

Turning creativity into a paid career

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New column: Exploring our retro architecture

New! We are delighted to welcome a new monthly columnist, Clinton Krause.

Councillors views on Rolf Harris mural

This is the full text of responses from elected councillors on the future of the Rolf Harris mural in Warrnambool. See the related Opinion piece…

Grappling with the work of a predator

OPINION – Carol Altmann [box] A warning: this piece contains details of Rolf Harris’s crimes which some readers may find distressing.[/box] [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] I…

Tracing the trajectory of artistic talent

[dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] S [/dropcap]ix sensational visual artists who share much in common have combined for a new exhibition at Warrnambool’ SCOPE Galleries that opened…

You paid for the party – here’s who came..

OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] R [/dropcap]eaders will recall that earlier this year we revealed exclusively that the Warrnambool City Council spent $17,000 on hosting a…

Why I am running: Dr Denis Napthine

Dr Denis Napthine has been an MP since 1988, representing first the seat of Portland and then, under new electoral boundaries, the seat of South…

Night to celebrate legendary Capricorn Records

[dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] T [/dropcap]he closure of  Warrnambool’s iconic Capricorn Records later this month will not pass without an encore. A limited-ticket, public tribute to the…

A softie at heart: Megan Nicolson

Megan Nicolson’s work is winning hearts of all sizes across the south-west.

Gluten-free stall growing against the grain

Trish Naug Szollosi is gathering a reputation for her gluten-free goodies….

Trader levy halved – a victory for voices

 OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] I [/dropcap]t has been a long and often heated battle, but the proposed compulsory traders levy to raise funds for Commerce Warrnambool…

Unravelling the mystery of public art commissions

Who decides what artists are paid for public work?

What’s the story behind this treasure?

What’s the story behind these treasures?

Why I am running: Thomas Campbell, The Greens

Why is Thomas Campbell running for the Greens?

Just the kit for Portland culture

Simon Greening, together with brother Jason, has added a little urban culture to Portland with a new venture based on very cool comics and cartoons…

Lack of schooling a ticking bomb

OPINION – Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] T [/dropcap]here is a ticking bomb under south-west Victoria called a lack of education and it is set to…

Birthday edition – prize winners

  CLOSED [dropcap style=”color:#A02F2F;”] T [/dropcap]o celebrate our first birthday we have given away some sensational prizes each week for the past four weeks. We…

New book: Warrnambool – This is home

[box] “Warrnambool – This is home” is limited to 500 signed and numbered copies: $30 plus $8 flat postage anywhere in Australia. You can order a book…

Warrnambool – This is home

  [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] T [/dropcap]his limited edition book is no longer available for general sale. The last two copies will be offered as a…

Unravelling a tale of love in Port Fairy

[dropcap style=”color: #dc943c;”] A [/dropcap] love story quite unlike any other will be captured in a new exhibition at Port Fairy’s Whale Bone Gallery next month.…

Why am I running? Roy Reekie ALP

[box] Roy Reekie has chosen a Q&A style for his piece. The questions were selected by an interested observer, not Bluestone Magazine. [/box] [dropcap style=”color: #dc943c;”] R [/dropcap]oy,…

Reviving classic Australian furniture by hand

[box]A warning: by the end of this story, you will probably remember all of the stunning Australian-made furniture that you either threw away, saw poking out of…

The twists and turns of textiles: Ruby Richardson

[dropcap style=”color: #8f9f59;”] T [/dropcap]extile artist Ruby Richardson has had a life full of twists and turns, but joining a circus was perhaps the least expected.…

Spring picnic for Fletcher Jones gardens

The Fletcher Jones gardens spring picnic celebration is on this Sunday, September 14: find all the details here….

Trader levy deal…and the Jennifer Lowe factor

OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] A [/dropcap]s the proposed Warrnambool traders levy rolls into another month without a resolution between the two sides, there is a burning…

What about more fun for grown-ups?

    OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] A [/dropcap]s Warrnambool restores the grass on the Civic Green after another whirlwind Fun4Kids festival, I can’t help but…

Reekie to challenge Napthine for South West Coast

COMMENT [dropcap style=”color: #8f9f59;”] A [/dropcap]fter months of speculation, Warrnambool lawyer Roy Reekie is poised to announce his preselection as the Labor challenger to Premier Denis Naphine for…

From artist to children’s author: Fiona Clarke

By Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] W[/dropcap]hen Fiona Clarke was a little girl growing up in the 60s, most picture books were either British, based on…

Funky bar brings life back to dead alley

  [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] I [/dropcap]t was fog-breath freezing and pouring with rain when Bluestone first discovered Coffin Sally’s bar which, theoretically, should have been as dead…

Council’s racing hospitality bill hard to swallow

  OPINION As Warrnambool ratepayers prepare to swallow a 5.5 per cent rate rise this year, revelations that the Warrnambool City Council spent $17,000 on…

Trader levy shaping up for legal showdown

  OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”]P[/dropcap]lans to hit traders with a compulsory levy to raise $3 million over five years for Commerce Warrnambool are headed for…

Traders levy takes a new twist

  OPINION – CAROL ALTMANN [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] P [/dropcap]lans to introduce a new trader levy to raise $3 million over five years for Commerce Warrnambool…

Remembering the art of Robert Ulmann

[dropcap style=”color: #abccab;”] O[/dropcap]ur campaign to restore the Robert Ulmann whale mural in Warrnambool has provided an opportunity to remember one of south-west Victoria’s most prolific artists, who…

Revealing the eye of the tiger: Peter Clayfield

[dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] P[/dropcap]hotographer Peter Clayfield lives on the edge of a cliff which, on a clear day, has the sort of view that stretches…

Win a $50 framing voucher

CLOSED: Winners – Heather Martin-Trigg; Linda Veal; Andra Howman, Julie Eagles [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] A [/dropcap]s a reader of Bluestone Magazine, you love art, right? Of…

Forget cover ups: roll right over Rolf

OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] T [/dropcap] wo very unsettling things have emerged from the debate over whether a mural by convicted pedophile Rolf Harris should…

Fletcher Jones cross came a cropper

  [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] T [/dropcap]he mystery of the missing Fletcher Jones cross has been solved, and, unfortunately, the ending is not pretty. As we…

Win tickets to Bethany film festival

  CLOSED , JUNE 24. Winners Katrina Brightwell and Janis Bennett [dropcap style=”color: #8f9f59;”] W [/dropcap]e were delighted to get a call from the Bethany…

Community vision needs to extend city wide

  OPINION – JULIE EAGLES A vision without a task is but a dream.  A task without a vision is drudgery.  But a vision and…

Brickie Barry steps in for an ageing whale

[dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”]B[/dropcap]ricklayer Barry Knowles is the sort of person who is often described as “salt of the earth” and he very much lives up to…

Missing: one old cross, last seen at FJs.

    [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] W [/dropcap]ith the former Fletcher Jones factory in Warrnambool officially changing hands last Thursday (19/6), there has been a renewed…

“Flaggy” at a $15 million crossroad

OPINION With all the excitement around the sale of the Warrnambool Fletcher Jones site, important details on the future of another prominent site in the city –…

From serious science to one cool cat

[dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] A [/dropcap]mid all the gloom of shops closing in Warrnambool, the city’s burgeoning cafe scene is stepping up to the plate to show…

Writing from the heart about ADHD

Author Wendy Coyle has written about the experiences of her son, Jack, who grew up with an attention deficit disorder, and is taking her work into the online world in the hope of further de-stigmatising the condition…

Transparency lacking over trader levy

  OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] I [/dropcap]t is interesting to see Mainstreet Australia adding its voice to those urging Warrnambool traders to pay a special…

Art environment award delivers a message

[dropcap style=”color: #dc943c;”] A [/dropcap] “seductive” art work with a powerful message has taken out the 2014 SCOPE Galleries Art Award for works based on…

Scrap trader levy and start over

OPINION: [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] A [/dropcap] ballot will soon be held on whether Warrnambool traders should pay a special levy to fund a $600,000 marketing…

A love story built on literary lives

 Words and photos by Carol Altmann [dropcap style=”color:#A5CECD;”] T [/dropcap]o spend time with authors Allan and Wendy Scarfe is to experience the lovely ease that comes…

Ignore Shaw and focus on the real issues

OPINION  – ROY REEKIE [dropcap style=”color: #A02F2F;”] A [/dropcap]s someone with a keen interest in politics and a local political profile, I’ve recently been asked…

Finding harmony on the hill

[dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] H [/dropcap]ow do two former police officers from Melbourne wind up running holiday accommodation near an ancient volcano in South-West Victoria? The same way…

You’ve come a long way, Koroit CWA

  [dropcap style=”color: #a02f2f;”] I [/dropcap]t was only a few years ago that the Country Women’s Association was facing something of a crisis, with its…

Motor museum to revive Fletcher Jones site

  OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] I [/dropcap]t has been a long time since there has been a feeling of genuine excitement around a project in…

Casterton honours Clarice Beckett

  [dropcap style=”color: #a5cecd;”] I [/dropcap]t is a little known, but fascinating fact about South-West Victoria that one of Australia’s most inspiring early women artists, Clarice Beckett, was born…

The sculptor who helped save the snipe

By Carol Altmann On first appearances, Don Stewart looks more like the artist that he is and much less like the robust activist he has become.…

Win an Ella Webb limited edition print

  CLOSED: Winners Fiona Haywood and Pat McLaren [dropcap style=”color:#8F9F59;”] T [/dropcap]he generosity of our supporters knows no bounds and this week we are offering…

Traders are right to be asking questions

With Warrnambool traders rallying to stop a controversial levy to pay for promotion and marketing, we have our say in OPINION on why they have every right to be angry and asking questions…

Whimsical art to capture the heart

    [dropcap style=”color: #ddce8d;”] A [/dropcap]n exhibition of whimsical sculptures by artist and illustrator Jenny Laidlaw is in its final days at Blarney Books and…

New business levy to raise $600k for what?

  OPINION [dropcap style=”color: #abccab;”] I [/dropcap]t’s a rare day when businesses ask other businesses to pay more – not less – council rates, but that…

A quiet hero who flies like an eagle

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #DC943C;”] T [/dropcap]wo very inspiring and uplifting things have happened around Warrnambool in the past few weeks and a woman by…

What is holding Portland back?

  OPINION [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A5CECD;”] O [/dropcap]ne of the many joys of working on Bluestone is that we get to meet so many…

Sprinkling some literary fairy dust

    [dropcap style=”color: #dc943c;”] W [/dropcap]arrnambool’s own Paul Jennings will lead a trio of award-winning children’s authors and illustrators at the Warrnambool Books Children’s…

Charming bookshop starts new chapter

[box] Unfortunately The Little Bookshop closed in late July 2014. We wish Megan well for whatever she does next – she deserves every success.[/box] [dropcap…

Tony’s collection is top drawer

Former second-hand dealer TONY DRYLIE is a natural collector of unique and interesting objects, but when it comes to choosing a particularly special collection, he couldn’t…

A cafe that feels like coming home

  [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #8F9F59;”] T [/dropcap]here are not too many cafes in the main street of a town that have a huge front…

A different way of doing things

  OPINION [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”]T[/dropcap]oday marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the former Fletcher Jones factory and iconic…

Imagine the skyline without the silver ball?

[dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] A [/dropcap]bove is a small tribute to the hard-working team behind the Save the Silver Ball and Fletcher Jones Gardens…

Win a warming bottle of red

CLOSED FRIDAY MAY 9 – winner Sandra McGuire (and a second draw won by Rachel Peters) [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A02F2F;”] F[/dropcap]eel that nip in…

Warrnambool’s own Laverne and Shirley

  [dropcap style=”font-size: 60px; color: #A5CECD;”] S [/dropcap]hirley Handley and Brownyn Greene are two Warrnambool friends who are rarely seen apart when it comes to…