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Family’s loss

By Tania MartinTAIS Soubra is picking up the pieces of her shattered life. She was left with just a bikini and beach towel to her...

Tales of survival

By Kath GannawayA WEEK on, and it’s devastating to drive down Steels Creek Road and see the landscape reduced to ashes. There’s astonishment at a...

Crash claims gentle helper

Gareth Jones-Roberts’ devastated parents Norma and Gareth Jones-Roberts senior.GARETH Jones-Roberts junior died on Black Saturday doing what he always did- helping others. As his parents...

Defiance saved their lives

By Melissa Meehan“TRAPPED with no escape.” Kinglake’s Melanie Powell still comprehends the moment that, in reality, saved her life. “They told us all of the roads...

Years of experience not enough

By Monique EbringtonDESPITE Graeme Wilkinson’s years of experience with the Country Fire Authority, nothing could prepare him and his wife Lesley for the fire...

Trolley collector injured

HEALESVILLE supermarket trolley collector Michael Morrisey was fighting for his life on Sunday night after being struck by a car. The much-loved local, known as...

Foreign firemen join fire fight

By Melissa MeehanAN INTERNATIONAL and interstate contingent of firefighters will continue to fight the blaze threatening the Upper Yarra and Yarra Valley. Last week...

Spines of steel

By Kath GannawayTHE Steels Creek community came together on Saturday morning with mixed emotions. Their hub of community life, the Steels Creek Community Centre was...

Chased by fires

By Melissa Meehan FOR Julie Bell, hell came out of a clear blue sky with the sound of “one thousand lions roaring”. The Warburton resident...

Asbestos threat in fire clean-up

By Kath GannawayASBESTOS is a further potential danger for Yarra Ranges residents returning to their properties in the aftermath of the bushfires. The Shire of...

Good Friday for victims

THOUSANDS of shoppers ditched their usual shopping habits to support those affected by the bushfires on Friday. People flocked to the Coles supermarket in...

Survival instinct uncorked

Steve and Sally Pierrehumbert lost their Chum Creek home but escaped the blaze by hiding in their cellar.By Melissa MeehanTWO wine lovers are toasting...

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A centenary of service

A local historian, who has spent 30 years researching the history of Lilydale RSL, has compiled his findings in a new book to commemorate...