News journalist Kaitlin Thals looks back at a year of big news stories.December 11, 2012 4:04am
We first began hearing about this in May after two private obstetricians left Goulburn Valley Base Hospital.
Margreet Stegeman's contract was not renewed by Goulburn Valley Health and Ljiljana Jeftic-Ilic then resigned.
Since then, The News has been contacted by many concerned families about the lack of choice for women in the region, and last week, several expecting mothers spoke to us, as did Dr Stegeman.
Dr Stegeman is practicing in Shepparton privately, but has been denied admission rights by GV Health, meaning no private female obstetricians are delivering babies at the city's public hospital.
GV Health chief executive Kerryn Healy responded, "private access to Goulburn Valley Health is a privilege for medical professionals, not a right."
Covering the 2012 north-east Victorian floods was a memorable and raw experience.
Wading through flood water, we watched as people waited anxiously as water levels rose, and we also spoke to people who had lost everything they owned.
Yet through all this trauma shone community spirit, as emergency services personnel, volunteers and residents came together to fight the floods.
Photographer Ray Sizer and I spent one day with Nathalia farmer Chris Bourke and his kelpie Rusty, who were isolated by floodwater. Chris drove us across his 1012ha property in his only mode of transport at the time - a tinnie.
This was a fine example of how wide-spread the floods were and gave us a real picture on its impacts. It would take three months for the water to completely drain from Chris' property.
Parents from Mooroopna Park Primary School and Mooroopna Primary School were outraged to hear the schools could merge by January 2013.
Parents formed anti-merger committees and wrote letters to local government and Victorian Education Minister Martin Dixon, saying they were left in the dark about the future plans for their schools.
The school's principals said the merger was the best way forward to deliver a greater range of learning opportunities and education facilities to students.
Eventually, plans were withdrawn by both school councils.
The end result of Numurkah and its hospital was up for debate - and still is - after floodwater swept across the region in March.
After endless community meetings and an independent review of the floods in north-east Victoria, it was found ineffective communication, management and preparation led to unnecessary flooding of towns - with Numrukah identified as the most affected.
Outpourings of emotion continue to flow across Numurkah and district about the handling of the floods. The town will be without a fully-functioning health facility for more than two years, but residents have been reassured the hospital will be reinstated.
When I met Mooroopna north resident Debra Mahy on August 1, all she owned were the clothes on her back and her vehicle.
Debra was lucky to be alove after escaping a fire which completely destroyed her weatherboard home earlier that morning.
Once again the community rallied and donated food, clothing and goods for Debra and her family, and a charity concert was organised a few months after.
A three vehicle collision is causing delays on the Midland Hwy, Tatura
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Goulburn Murray Cricket has allocated Echuca and Girgarre with joint C grade premierships after the clubs both agreed on the proposal.
Rochester area youth group members were among the tin rattlers who collected thousands for the Good Friday Appeal.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
A Seymour man has more cause than most to reflect on the price of war.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The people of Heathcote and district chipped in more than $13,000 for the Food Friday Appeal and more donations are yet to be counted.
Barooga have completed a 117-point rout against Cobram in the Murray Football League's cross-river derby.
Deniliquin's Easter Sunday in the Park attracted about 200 people for the traditional family fun day.
Monitoring of the Murray River around the Barmah-Millewa Forest region in the past two spawning seasons has found larval Murray cod and Murray spiny crayfish in areas affected by the 2011 blackwater event.
Police are searching for a driver that rammed a Benalla police vehicle this morning.
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