Star Weekly looks back through the pages of our predecessor, The Advocate


40 years ago

July 28, 1976

Public opposition is erupting against state government proposals to transfer the Newmarket saleyards to Derrimut. A public meeting of the Western Region Environment Centre last week formed a Sunshine Action Committee to co-ordinate resident action against the stockyards.


30 years ago

July 30, 1986

The state government has confirmed its pledge to spend $10-$15 million over the next five years to build a series of education institutes in the west. In parliament last week Premier John Cain, replying to a question from the member for Derrimut, David Cunningham, said the government will be building campus core sites in St Albans, Melton, Werribee and Sydenham. …

Archives 1986


20 years ago

July 31, 1996

Conflicting eye witness evidence gave a dramatic start to the committal hearing this week of a 16-year-old girl charged with murder. Two eyewitnesses said they saw Maidstone man Michael Sheeran, 19, killed on February 2 at Footscray Terrace in Gordon Street. But they disputed exactly where Sheeran was stabbed and who was in the area at the time.

Archives 1996


10 years ago

August 1, 2006

A blazing row over depraved video material erupted late last week between Brimbank mayor Natalie Suleyman and the Sunshine Residents and Ratepayers Association. Cr Suleyman said she was the target of a visual clip displayed on the SunRAA website last Wednesday showing a female kicking one of two semi-naked males in the groin.

Archives 2006