From the archives: Star Weekly looks back through the pages of our predecessor, the Werribee Banner.

40 year ago

June 23, 1976


Little River’s “forgotten” primary school will at last be given the attention it has long been denied following an inspection by Education Department officials and the local Member of Parliament. The school will receive extensive renovations and gain a portable classroom to overcome accommodation problems. The work will be carried out before the school’s centenary celebrations next year.

30 years ago

June 15, 1986


A Werribee councillor has been caught in the middle of an embarrassing row over the illegal dumping of council documents. East Riding’s Cr Bruce Comben’s name was on some of the documents found by motocross riders at Manor Quarry recently. After talking with Cr Comben, shire officers cleared him of a possible littering charge.


20 years ago

June 26, 1996


The state Labor MP for Melbourne West Province, Jean McLean, has called for a full inquiry into the effect of all chemicals CSR could dump at its proposed toxic waste facility in Werribee. Speaking during an adjournment debate in Parliament on June 18, Ms McLean asked the Minister for Industry, Science, Technology and Multi-Media, Mr Birrell, to assure residents an inquiry would be held before the proposal was approved.


10 years ago

June 21, 2006


Five-year-old Hoppers Crossing boy Shannon Lawler lost his courageous fight for life on Sunday when his body gave in to the cancer that controlled his short life. His mother Erika said the family – father John, brother Kevin, 16, and stepbrothers Matt, 26, and Dale, 24 – were devastated by the death of their son and brother.