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Wandong - Heathcote Junction - why would you live anywhere else. Until August, Allen Hall (editor)


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 Fitting birthday tour for 65 years of service!

Seymour Railway Heritage Centre invites you on a special celebration to Geelong for the 65th Birthday Celebra-tion of B74. Explore Geelong’s waterfront and shopping precinct or take a coach to Queenscliff with a kit lunch. The tour is set for Saturday 21st July, 2018.

Victorian Blue and Gold Locomotive B74 came to Seymour Railway Heritage Centre in the early 1990s after it was withdrawn from service in 1988. The B class locomotive was the first diesel-electric locomotive to operate in Victoria. B74 entered service on 15 June 1953 and is one of Victoria’s oldest preserved locomotives.

So kick up your heels and join us in celebrating 65 years of B74 with a day trip to Geelong. Geelong’s beautiful waterfront and shopping precinct is a must, as is a wander down the historic streets. Relax for lunch or coffee in one of Geelong’s many restaurants.

Also available is a coach transfer to the beautiful town of Queenscliff where there is plenty to do over your 3 and a half hours there. You can visit Queenscliff Fort and enjoy the opportunity to tour a 19th Century Coastal Artillery Fort, (operating as an Australian Army Base), with over 150 years of Australia's heritage on display. This Fort is one of Victoria's most important heritage sites and one of the largest and best preserved forts in the country. There is also the Queenscliffe Maritime Museum where you can delve into Queenscliff's fascinating past. The shipwrecks, the rescues, the lifeboat and the Pilots who continue to bring ships safely through the Rip and into Port. You will experience this and more at the Maritime Museum.

As a special, the first 150 bookings will receive a souvenir B74 bag & booklet.

Passengers will have the choice of travelling in comfortable 100-year-old wooden bodied compartment style carriages or former Spirit of Progress steel compartment carriages. The beautifully restored 110-year-old Yarra Carriage will be on your trip. Enjoy the views from the viewing platform at the end of the train.

The famous original 1937 Spirit of Progress Parlour and Dining Carriage will also be apart of your time. Enjoy a wine or beer from our licensed bar whilst watching the beautiful countryside or dine in the dining carriage with morning tea and dinner on offer.

For further details visit or phone 0412 124 659. 

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Don‘t add waste to the pile, warns EPA

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) is warning farmers that a momentary mistake when burning off can be costly for the environment and the landholder. EPA North East Region Manager Emma Knights said it’s important to think twice before throwing anything extra onto the pile when burning off. “It can be tempting to add household or farm waste such as silage wrap, chemical containers or old tyres to burn piles just to get rid of them,” Ms Knights said. “These items don’t burn properly and produce large amounts of smoke.”

“The environmental impacts of burning the wrong things can be more than just a bit of smoke; you could be looking at toxic air pollution, residue running off into waterways and chemical contamination in the soil,” she said. “Some of these things are best sent to a properly managed landfill, and there are recycling options for common waste items such as tyres, silage wrap and plastic chemical drums.”

Silage wrap, some chemical containers and tyres can be recycled to produce items such as building and fencing materials and floor matting. Information on waste disposal and recycling can be found at or through your local council website.

Fallen trees or other natural wood being burnt should be as dry as possible and not freshly cut, to keep down the volume of smoke, and farmers should make sure they have any relevant council or CFA permits. Timber that has been used in a building, furniture or other manufactured product must not be burnt. EPA officers can issue a fine of close to $8,000 for the burning of things like plastics, painted or chemically treated wood, or any kind of industrial waste.

EPA urges people to report suspected pollution to the EPA on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC) or at




Residents in Wandong - Heathcote Junction, particularly in Affleck Street and Dry Creek Crescent are getting no response from authorities to curtail the noise, parking problems and destruction of the Mt Disappointment State Forest by rail bike and 4WD drivers. It is no longer safe to walk or horse ride on the mountain trails due to these uncontrolled vehicles. Mt Disappointment could rival the Dandenongs for beauty and tourism but no authority seems prepared to stop the damage.