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


Home building dream in planning limbo

A drawn out dispute between a developer and Hume City Council has left in limbo a young couple building their dream home.


Police crack down on Werribee fight club

The first rule of fight club appears to have been broken, with police hearing about a fight session planned to take place in Werribee this afternoon (Friday).


Heaven with Detective Senior Constable Matt Pesci

Police unite stolen lorikeet with Sunshine owner

A stolen lorikeet has been reunited with its Sunshine owner after it was found in Collingwood nearly a month after it was stolen.


Melton councillor gag an ‘outrageous attack’ on freedom

A new policy that restricts Melton councillors from freely expressing their views to the media has been labelled as an “outrageous attack” on freedom of speech by state MPs. They still like having `their photos taken though.



Guess what VCAT did next

Hobsons Bay council’s refusal to grant a permit to Jasbe Petroleum for four restaurants at 144E Point Cook Road, which attracted plenty of community opposition, has been …

A. Upheld by VCAT   B. Overturned by VCAT


A decision by Melton council to reject a proposed rock crushing and concrete plant in Rockbank, which received 422 objections has been …

A. Upheld by VCAT   B. Overturned by VCAT


An application for a 60 unit development at the former Sunvale Primary School site, which has been found to be contaminated, has been …

A. Rejected by VCAT   B. Approved by VCAT


Same story, different places: Walk to School Month


Tahnie-Lee, Morgan, Aiden and Aliyah walk the walk. Picture: Shawn Smits

Rain, hail or shine, Balliang East Primary School pupils will be punishing their walking shoes next month as part of VicHealth’s Walk to School campaign.


Adem Atmaca – pictured with Sunbury Heights Primary School physical education teacher Leanne Ratkowski and pupils Isabelle and Will

Lace up your sneakers, grab your friends and get out there – that’s the message to Hume and Macedon Ranges children ahead of Walk to School month.


Selena, Jordan and Them. Picture: Kristian Scott

Children will be walking, scooting and riding to school this October as Brimbank City Council works with local primary schools to organise Walk to School activities.


Winners and losers

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


12/09/2015.WEST. Northern Star Weekly. Nfldivgf. Issue Date 15/08. NFL Division 2 Grand Final Lalor v Whittlesea at Preston Oval. Whittlesea's Matthew Atta and Ben Russell celebrate. Picture Shawn Smits.

Whittlesea’s Matthew Atta and Ben Russell celebrate winning the Northern Football League Division 2 Grand Final as Lalor players shrug in despair.


Ecstatic Deer Park players lap up a third consecutive premiership. Picture: Kristian Scott.

Deer Park players celebrate winning the club’s third consecutive Western Region Football League Division 1 Grand Final.


EDFL Premier Grand Final: Aberfeldie V Greenvale, Jets Tom Hill Picture Damian Visentin

Greenvale Jets’ Tom Hill flies like his side’s nickname, though his aerial prowess wasn’t enough for his side to beat Aberfeldie in the Essendon District Football League Premier Grand Final.


12/09/15 WRFL Hop vs Suns reserves.Photo by kristian Scott

Hoppers Crossing players celebrate winning the Western Region Football League Grand Final against Sunshine.


12/09/15 Under 18 Spotwoods vs Deer park

Spotswood players celebrate winning the Western Region Football League Under-18s Grand Final against Deer Park.


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