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Game on for Casey

Since the 2010 Federal election the Greens have won over 10 per cent of the primary vote in four successive elections in the Casey electorate. Jenny Game is hoping to build upon that foundation when long term Liberal MP Tony Smith retires from politics and leaves a vacuum to be filled. After winning 10.93 per cent of the primary vote at the 2019 federal election, the musician and academic has decided to again run as the Greens candidate for Casey.

New Liberal candidate Aaron Violi

Aaron Violi knows he has big shoes to fill if he is elected to replace the venerated Tony Smith as member for Casey at the 2022 federal election. The pressure doesn’t seem to bother him, instead he seems to enjoy it. The local businessman and third generation Casey resident beat a crowded field of contenders to become the candidate for Casey when the widely respected former Speaker of the House retires from politics at the next federal election.

Village protest

Local residents opposing the development of a retirement village on a suburban street are attempting to raise funds and awareness for their cause as the battle heads to the civil tribunal. The group of residents spent the weekend gathering signatures for a petition and showing a state MP the site of the proposed build which they have dubbed the “Glengollan skyscraper”. Glengollan Village, a not-for-profit aged care provider established in Ferntree Gully in 1956, proposed to build a two-story aged care facility at 2-8 Saint Elmo Street that could house 108 aged-care residents.

Kookaburra nest stops construction

When a hollow was noticed inside a tree marked for removal during the construction of a road upgrade in Belgrave Heights, environmental assessment officer Sam Savini didn’t know something special was waiting inside. “We were doing asphalt and drainage upgrades on this road and we were practically at the end of the project,” Mr Savini said. “While putting the final additions onto the road we discovered one of the trees had a hollow bearing.” Road works on Huon Road were halted on 6 October until an environmental arborist could be called out to the site to assess the hollow.

Upwey Archies awarded

When the two winners of the Upwey Archies community art exhibition were announced, they were surprised to find out they knew each well. Paul Miller won the open category and Poppy Hayler won the top prize in the 14 and under category. “I was very proud of myself because I worked really hard through lockdown,” Poppy said. “I felt it was kind of funny that Paul, the other person who won it, was our neighbour.” The Upwey Archies is an art exhibition organised by Upwey Community Group in partnership with Burrinja Cultural Centre, and it partners with local businesses to display entries in their windows and shopfronts.

SES responds to jobs after huge storm

Victoria’s State Emergency Services (SES) are continuing to respond to hundreds of calls for help including power outages, fallen trees, and building damage across Melbourne’s South-East after a storm and wild winds hit on Friday 29 October. Shaun Caulfield from Lilydale SES said the damage was still nowhere near as extensive as the June storms. Mr Caulfield said as the weather calms the SES will respond to as many jobs as they can before the expected next wave of bad weather comes through. “

Vice-President Harris meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met with Vice-President Kamela Harris at a security summit in the United States The historic meeting is the first time an Indian Prime Minister has met with the highest ranking Indian-American politician, and the first time Prime Minister Modi and Vice President Harris have met. Vice-President Harris is the first South East Asian to hold the office in the United States, as well as the first woman. While Harris condemned Modi during the 2019 presidenti
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