Janae set to take on the world

JANAE Mackrell is on the fast track to success after earning a spot on the Australian team for the 2017 Track and Field Athletics tour in Canada. The Maribyrnong College student, 15, who trains five times a week, said juggling school and sport could be exhausting but she was driven by a desire to compete…

Music fair set to be a big hit

THE Yarraville Music and Record Fair will return for a second spin in August after the first proved a hit. Event organiser and Sydney radio presenter Lord Lucifer said the free event would feature records and memorabilia from traders across Australia and showcase live performances from local musicians and DJs. “It will be really family-oriented…

Bulldogs help migrants settle into community

THE Western Bulldogs Football Club is giving back through its Ready, Settle, Go program. The initiative, started in 2007, has provided settlement services to more than 18,000 migrants and refugees living in the western suburbs. Western Bulldogs Community Foundation general manager Kashif Bouns said it was about providing a support network for new residents, including…

Victorian avocado production on the rise, Victorian Country Hour

Victorian avocado production is at a record high as demand for the fruit peaks around the country. While smashed avocado on toast is now a staple in Australian cafe culture, the fad has led to bizarre creations like the ‘Avolatte’. I spoke to one Melbourne cafe feeding customers’ desire for fruit.   (My interview was…

College fields impressive team

A GROUP of students from Maribyrnong College are one step closer to realising their AFL dreams after being selected in the league’s state representative sides. Head coach and co-ordinator of the AFL program Torin Baker said it was a “great reward” for the 15 students. Ethan Bentley, Emerson Jeka, Daniel Mott and Sam Ramsay were…

Cash boost to IT career, Diamond Valley Leader

A YOUNG IT guru from Watsonia North is one of the first students in Victoria to be awarded a Westpac Young Technologists scholarship. Gabriella Makridis is studying for a Bachelor of Information Technology at RMIT University. “I’ve grown up around IT,” Ms Makridis said. “I’ve always been interested in video games and computers, and I…

Reaching out to clean gutters in safety, Diamond Valley Leader

THE Diamond Creek Men’s Shed is keeping older locals on their feet through a new ladder safety program. “We do the gutter cleaning work for the more vulnerable people in the community,” president Leigh Marshall said. “A lot of older people are not prepared to spend $200 to have someone clean the gutters, so they…

Antarctic trip gives scientist skills to lead, Northcote Leader

IT’S been six months since Northcote scientist Samantha Grover stepped foot in Antarctica. But the experience is something she’ll never forget. “The lack of colour in the landscape struck me,” she said. “It was all white, black and grey. “It is so uninhabited, so you feel smaller and more connected to your surroundings. You develop…

Short film eyes the life of a Beatle, Maribyrnong Leader

A YARRAVILLE filmmaker is drawing inspiration from the post-Beatles career of Paul McCartney for his latest short film. W.D. Stevens’ trilogy Walter takes the audience on a 50-year journey through the life of David Walter, a fictional former member of the band. “There have always been biopics on John Lennon, but nobody ever does anything…

Footscray theatre company Wit Incorporated out to help save planet with new kids show, Maribyrnong Leader

A FOOTSCRAY theatre company is teaching children about recycling, reusing and reducing in a new school holiday production. Wit Incorporated’s A Hero’s Guide to Saving the Planet tells the story of superhero Captain Eco and her sidekick The Green Defender as they try to stop supervillain The Waster from covering Footscray streets with litter. “The…