Escaping isolation

Environmental groups are offering people isolated at home due to Covid-19 the chance to work outdoors and still meet social distance requirements. Yarra Ranges Council’s environmental volunteers support officer, Jen Ellison, said environmental groups across the region are still conducting working bees under State and Federal Government guidelines. “We have about 75 groups in the […]

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Celebrating a century of life

Social distance requirements due to Covid-19 couldn’t stop Emerald’s Hilda Gregson celebrating her 100th birthday on 24 March. Mrs Gregson celebrated reaching the big milestone at the Emerald Glades Nursing Home with her daughter Margaret Whiting and son-in-law Roy Whiting. Ms Whiting said that despite having to keep some distance it was still a “beautiful” […]

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Anzac Day disappointment

Numerous RSL sub-branches will cancel Anzac Day Services due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision comes after RSL Victoria held an emergency meeting of the Anzac Day Commemorative Committee on 16 March to discuss whether commemorative services would go ahead. Former Emerald RSL president Peter Maloney said they won’t be doing any services […]

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Community cooking during time of crisis

As stock-piling and stripped supermarket shelves continue amid the Covid-19 outbreak, a group of volunteers have come together to cook and deliver free meals for those in need across the Yarra Ranges. The group has set up in the Chirnside Park Community Hub and since being established, have been inundated with support and donations from […]

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Historical tram retires to Mount Evelyn

An iconic 1947 W-Class tram has made its final stop in Mount Evelyn, bringing a piece of Melbourne’s rich public transport history home to the Yarra Valley. The green and yellow carriages – complete with their high wooden steps, cosy brown leather interior and overhead advertisements – were the workhorse of Melbourne’s tram network for […]

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Helping feed those in need

Numerous Bell Real Estate offices banded together to take hay and dog food to a fire-affected farmer in Omeo on 5 March. Olinda, Montrose and Emerald offices took part in the Need for Feed run which saw 48 hay bales and dog food – donated from Mad About Pets – transported to a farmer that […]

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