Five stories from around the Star Weekly network this week that may have passed you by


Council makes veggie growers lose the plot

A Yarraville family is pushing for a change to Maribyrnong council guidelines after the council ordered it to tear down its nature strip vegetable garden – FULL STORY



Julia Gillard opens eponymous library

Former Lalor MP and Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard returned to where her career in politics began last week to open a library named in her honour – FULL STORY


Footscray man shaken by racial abuse at hotel

A Footscray man says he has been left shaken by a torrent of racial abuse that he experienced at a local hotel – FULL STORY



Pokies venues ‘exploiting’ community benefits

Health experts have called for drastic changes to rules for club-operated gaming venues following revelations that Sunbury pokies operators are listing items such as replacement of grease traps as benefiting the community – FULL STORY


Teens’ dream stalled as council won’t play ball

Nillumbik council has thwarted a campaign by teenage siblings to have a basketball half-court built on public property at Bundoora, despite Whittlesea council’s offer to cover all costs – FULL STORY