Helen Bertocci in awe at community support

The family of Altona North man Roger Bertocci, who was killed going to the aid of a pregnant woman being assaulted by her partner, has been the recipient of a spirited community effort. The family’s garden was given a makeover as Altona Rotary teamed up with the Jim’s Group and other organisations to fulfil Mr Bertocci’s last wish – a landscaped yard in which his youngest daughter could safely play.

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Fence needed to save kangaroos from cull

Animal welfare supporters are being urged to help fund a “safe haven” fence following moves to allow a landholder to shoot kangaroos on property adjoining a Pastoria East rescue shelter.

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Golden girl Loudy still on board

About 10 years ago, Loudy Wiggins was celebrating double diving gold at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She spoke to Alexander Laskie about coming to terms with her subsequent retirement and her life since.

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Job seeker nears 500 knockbacks

Hoppers Crossing resident Caryn Hearsch has reached a new milestone … but not one she wants to celebrate. Last week, Ms Hearsch received her 478th rejection letter from a potential employer.

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More cops needed to prevent overtime stress

The latest article in our Cops in Crisis series reveals Police Association concerns about a shortage of police officers in Melton and Caroline Springs being linked to the findings of a mental health review.

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Who made all the best pies? They did

Two Altona mates who opened a bakery in Sunshine two years ago caused a a stir when they were awarded Australia’s Best Pie for a New-Zealand style Thai vegetable curry vegan pie. New Zealand-born Doug Meijer and Adrian Apswoude launched Ka Pies in 2014, buying a Hampshire Road bakery which left them only $800 in the bank. The pair had no baking experience.

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