AUSTRALIA'S peak motoring body says $470 million needs to be spent on Victoria's national highways to achieve minimum safety standards.
RESIDENTS of Wandong-Heathcote Junction remain pessimistic about the government's promise to connect 450 houses to natural gas.
PLANS for the new Wholesale Market trading floor have been so poorly designed that the aisles are too narrow to turn a forklift, growers say.
A SCUBA diver has died in waters off Cape Paterson, 150km southeast of Melbourne.
THE City of Wangaratta has been named as one of the municipalities that spends the most on bicycle infrastructure in Australia.
TARRINGTON hay bale competition organiser Colin Huf said the best way to decorate a bale of hay was to "think outside the square".
A GIPPSLAND specialist school is so overcrowded outside that play times must be rostered.
MOBILE dead spots and poor internet connections are hampering growth in rural areas and creating safety problems.
ABOUT half of Australia's 2500 wineries would be "sent to the wall" if a volumetric tax were introduced, a SA winemaker says.
THE first pip has been fired in Victoria's cherry season - and growers expect a quality crop.
TAPPING into southwest Victoria's agricultural knowledge and promoting agriculture is a no-brainer for Timboon P-12 School.
ALISTAIR Jones admires yet another batch of trout, freshly smoked soon after capture, fished from ponds on his farm at Smeaton.
AFTER almost a decade of drought and lawn-watering bans, Victoria's turf growers are nurturing the green shoots of recovery.
AN accredited teacher will run bike riding courses in Echuca and Kyabram.
ROY Shelton's rare Delahaye will be on show at the RACV Motorclassica this week.
SHEEP theft has tripled in five years as Victoria faces a wave of farm crime.
FOR Bacchus Marsh's Tyson Shea, there's only two seasons: footy season and cow season.
LIFESAVING clubs could be set up in Cobram and Yarrawonga if there is enough community support.
HAMILTON is the site of a new education hub aimed at getting more people into higher education across the region.
- Fire refuge trials to begin
- Tribute to Elyne Mitchell
- Tidy town award
- Land loss cops spray
- Farm visits blooming good
- Two men charged with kidnapping
- NZ may mash industry
- Dairy energy assessments begin
- Flood recovery ongoing
- River care still flowing
- Dam spectacular
- Echuca bridge a step closer
- Chance or rual entrepreneurs
- Echuca library opens early
- 'Crack team' helps Project Hindmarsh
TREVOR Meyer's rates bill will triple because he has planted trees on his small farm for carbon farming.
THE organisation that was the driving force behind a study into country students deferring further education is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
IRATE Lake Bolac farmers are paying almost double the rates of their southern neighbours - and some are ready for a payment boycott.
MORE than 150 cyclists will start the five-day Tour of Gippsland in Phillip Island on Wednesday.
DAVID Snoxell has been shooting things for as long as he can remember.
FLOOD recovery is continuing at Numurkah Hospital, with its temporary urgent-care tents to be replaced by three portable buildings.
LAST drinks have been called at the Lalbert Hotel in Victoria's Mallee.
AN agrifood trainee program in East Gippsland is opening up a range of career possibilities for young people within the region.
GUMBOOT throwers are needed to help Rochford Wines break the Gumboot Guinness world record on Saturday, July 21 at 11am.
AN ambitious plan to attract more business professionals and investment to Robinvale is about taking action, the mayor says.
GROWING mushrooms is a tricky business, but not for Victoria's largest mushroom facility at Bacchus Marsh.
HEAT up those chilly nights by finding the partner of your dreams at the South Gippsland Young Farmers speed dating night.
VOLUNTEERS will continue to greet country travellers in Melbourne and assist them to medical appointments, after a fundraising campaign.
THE 42 men and women in charge of the NSW Labor Party will be sacked by the end of the year.
REGIONAL and rural communities in NSW will have seatbelts installed on buses dedicated to school runs.
THERE is no evidence of increased imports causing injury to Australian fruit processing, an inquiry heard today.
CRIMINAL lawyer Rod Higgins has promised to engage the federal electorate of Murray "like never before'' after winning Labor pre-selection.