News and sport stories from around the Star Weekly network this week that may have passed you by.


Expensive taste in shoes

When four-year-old English bull terrier Alice munched her way through half of one of owner Ben Portelli’s work boots last month, he and wife Janiece didn’t think it would result in life-or-death vet surgery costing a whopping $8200. (Picture above)


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Maidstone schoolgirl stranded in Vietnam 

After much angst, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade agreed to issue a new passport to 11-year-old Kate Vo, who was left stranded in Vietnam. Kate’s mother, Duong Nguyen, had issued a heartfelt plea to the department to be reunited with Kate, who was left stranded in Saigon after her estranged husband allegedly returned to Australia with the family’s passports.


Minister accuses council of dishonesty

Brimbank council (and most others) is misleading the community over the effects of putting a cap on rate rises, Local Government Minister and local MP Natalie Hutchins believes.


Ex-AFL star sitting on a goldmine

Former Essendon vice captain Andrew Welsh is preparing to release his first venture to the real estate market – a 1300-lot postcode in Melbourne’s western growth corridor. Thornhill Park Estate, 30km north-west of the city, is one of eleven new suburbs in the flourishing urban wedge between Melton and Caroline Springs.


Matthew Guy speaks with Bernie Finn and local residents at Sunbury station. Picture: Mathew Lynn

Sunbury swings and roundabouts

The drawn-out saga of Sunbury’s planned separation from Hume could be set to continue, with opposition leader Matthew Guy promising the town will get its own council under a Liberal government, regardless of the outcome of a current review.


Winners and losers

With sports finals on in earnest there was plenty of ecstasy and agony on fields across the north west at the weekend.

Perennial WRFL also-rans Wyndhamvale overcame West Footscray to win the League’s Division 2 grand final, earning a place in Division 1 next year. Picture: Kristian Scott


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Craigieburn’s Alex Loizou laments his side’s EDFL Division 1 grand final loss to favourites Essendon Doutta Stars. Picture: Shawn Smits


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Footscray’s Dee Kelly face-plants during the Lacrosse Victoria Women’s State League Grand Final. Kelly’s day didn’t get much better, with arch-rival Newport winning it’s eighth premiership in 10 years. Picture: Damian Visentini 


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