THE sudden closure of Hamilton’s Grangeburn Holden and Grangeburn Mitsubishi this week, leaves 22 employees out of work. Administrators were called in by the Commonwealth Bank on Tuesday, after the bank froze the businesses’ accounts on Monday. Activity at the Gray St site was subdued upon receiving the news, with employees turning up to be told they would no longer have a job. None of those approached were ready to discuss the sudden closure; a small number of customers were still arriving yesterday, only to be turned away. Grangeburn Holden and Grangeburn Mitsubishi owner, Andrew Rau, could not be contacted for comment. Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 21, 2013
THE Victoria Valley fire has burned more than 14,000 hectares but has turned away from houses and properties in the valley. Attention has now turned to the western range of the valley, with concerns that the fire could spread across the range and impact communities at Glenisa, Woohlpooer and Mooralla. At the time of publication, the CFA had contained some of the fires on the range and downgraded its alerts from ‘emergency’ to ‘watch and act’. The CFA still believed that fire could reach Glenisa by 10am yesterday. A CFA spokeswoman said she could not confirm whether the fire had burned across the top of the range or if embers had blown across it. “The fire on the eastern side of the valley has died down but 68 firefighters spent the night battling the fire at Harrop Track, which is still out of control,” the spokeswoman said. Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 21, 2013
PENSHURST resident Keith Staff is threatening to withhold his rates payment if Southern Grampians Shire refuses to acknowledge a proposed wind farm will impact the value of his property. Mr Staff and other residents of the town are angered by the proposed development, claiming it will substantially reduce land prices and rates should be recalculated to reflect the drop. A recent ruling by the Federal Magistrate’s court found that wind farm proposals would negatively impact land values. The ruling comes on the heels of last month’s decision by South Gippsland Shire Council to cut rates for one landowner on the basis that his property would lose value because of an adjacent wind farm that is yet to be built. Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 21, 2013
DAY one of the annual Melbourne Country Week saw a nail-biting victory for the Bendigo bank HDCA team against Yarra Valley. Yarra Valley had been promoted to Division Two of the competition after winning their final in Division Three last summer and they were keen to display their skills at the higher level. With the match being played at Endeavour Hills, a venue that was new for Hamilton, skipper Michael Ross was far from unhappy by being asked to bat first by his opposite number at the toss. Although the wicket had a small amount of green grass running through it, it was very hard and the weather was extremely hot under a blazing sun. Ali Ross and Sam Kerber began their senior representative careers for the HDCA by getting the team away to a solid start. Both batsmen were strong on the drive with Ross also adding some sweetly timed cut shots to anything that was short. They gave Hamilton the best start seen by an opening pair years as the score mounted against an attack that was far from poor. Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, February 21, 2013
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