Stumpy the story dog opens a world of reading

Pupils who were previously unable to read even short stories have started new chapters in their lives, thanks to a three-legged dog named Stumpy.




Take a winter dip at Altona beach

Winter is here and Tom Wasiek couldn’t be more chilled about it. The personal trainer is hosting The Winter Dip, a public event at which people will jump into the sea at Altona beach.



Memorial for St Albans level crossing victims

A memorial at St Albans’ notorious Main Road level crossing will be a permanent reminder of the 16 lives lost, according to one victim’s mother.



One of the families from the original Struggle Street series.

Struggle Street makers look to Braybrook

Producers of the controversial reality television program Struggle Street had set their sights on Braybrook after being rejected by two other Melbourne councils.



There are fears that using dingoes to get rid of pests such as foxes will have an adverse affect on native species.

Dingo pest control fears for Eynesbury

A row has broken out between conservationists with a Melton environment group fears that introducing dingoes to the Eynesbury forest for pest control will have adverse effects on native wildlife.



Artist impression of Craigieburn Junction. (supplied)

New retail mecca for northern suburbs

Our Northern Star Weekly Facebook page lit up with the news that Craigieburn is set to become a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things retail, with plans under way for a large lifestyle centre opposite Craigieburn Central.


wyndham rubbish truck

Council to reduce rubbish bin size

Household waste bins will be reduced in size as part of a Wyndham council plan to divert 90 per cent of the city’s waste from landfill. judging by the comments below the story, the idea hasn’t gone down well.



Kyneton's Bryce Hinneberg, a back pocket who has barely kicked a goal all season, is on the verge of glory as he kicks to win after the final siren in the BFL match against Sandhurst. Picture: Shawn Smits.

Hinneberg’s the hero

Better known as a back pocket player, Bryce Hinneberg entered Saturday’s Bendigo Football League game against Sandhurst without even having a shot on goal this year. So when it was left to him to have a kick after the siren to win the match …



Trainer Lester Ellis and young boxer Dillon Zammit take time out from training at the Lester Ellis Fitness Academy. Picture Damjan Janevski

Truganina teen has boxing champ in his corner

“Wild child” Dillon Zammit has transformed his life – mostly from inside a boxing ring, with the help of former world cham Lester Ellis