Welcome to Eastsider News

Your free digital local newspaper 

Eastsider News reports to communities in the eastern part of Melbourne including the Cities of Boroondara and Whitehorse and adjoining areas from Kew to Croydon

 We aim to tell the interesting and important stories of your neighbourhoods, to keep residents informed about the events, activities and important issues happening in your area. 

We want to share information, celebrate talent and achievements, stimulate discussion and report on the many things that affect your everyday life.  Let us know your thoughts or submit a contribution by emailing us at eastsidernews1@gmail.com.

You are invited to subscribe at no cost.  The purpose of a subscription is so that we can send you an alert that a new edition has been published or to remind you that contributions are due for the next edition. The information you give us will be used  for no other purpose.


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Upcoming Events

To find out what is happening in your local community, go to the Calendar tab in the menu at the top of this page.

Remember: click on the event title to get further information.

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Celebrating our neighbourhoods

Eastsider News covers many strong and interesting neighbourhoods in the eastern areas of Melbourne with which people have strong connections over time.  We want to celebrate these neighbourhoods and to help people get to know them better.

Forest Hill

We have been approached by one of our readers, Gary who grew up in the Forest Hill neighbourhood.  He is searching for old pictures of the Milk Bar and red Telephone Box that were on the corner of Longbrae Avenue and Jolimont Road Forest Hill for the period from around 1975 to 1990.

Do you know the area?  Did you also grow up there or have family living in the local area?  Do you know somebody who has lived in this area?

We call on you to pull out all those old photograph albums, boxes of slides, newspaper clippings or other papers that could show what the area around this corner looked like in the years between 1975 and 1990.  If you can help Gary, please contact us at eastsidernews1@gmail.com  and we will put you in touch with him.

Whitehorse Heritage

One of our contributors, Hasan Hassan has established a very interesting website called Whitehorse Heritage.  The website contains his research and writing on history and heritage matters in the City of Whitehorse.  These include longer versions of several of the articles we have published in our newspaper and also on the Eastsider Extra blog.

Support our local community groups

We continue to be surprised by the number of community groups that exist in our catchment area. we are very fortunate that so many people actively and voluntarily participate in enriching our community in so many different ways.

There are the many service and support groups who  provide such a range of high quality services to support many in our community who need a bit of help when life gets  difficult.  It is important to remember that these groups rely on the generosity of their community to provide these services.

Our region has many vibrant sporting clubs that contribute much to our local communities.  Let us help publicise what is happening with your local club.

We also acknowledge the many interest groups that bring people together to share their particular passions whether  it be creative, cultural or otherwise.

Our Community Links page provides information and  links for you to investigate some of these groups including these below:

Local Government matters

Eastsider News reports to people living, working and playing in a number of local government areas, including the Cities of Boroondara and Whitehorse.  We regard local government as a very significant layer of the Australian democracy and encourage our readers to become involved and informed about what your local council is doing.  Some of these things are discussed on one of our Speakers Corners post here,   If  you want to find out how to have your say on council matters, go here

Issues currently covered in our Eastsider Extra blog posts that raise issues related to local government include Sex work decriminlalisation, the NE Link and Cycleway proposals.

Have your say

We are keen to encourage public consultation by all levels of government  and others undertaking projects that will affect the lives of people living in our local areas.  Go to our Have Your Say post on our Eastsider Extra page to find out how to have your say.

The Federal Election in May demonstrated a strong appetite for change in the way politics is being done in Australia.  Groups looking to maintain this momentum include:

Interest Groups

The Whitehorse Film Society has released its mid year program of movies.   Go here to find out what’s on.

The Doncaster Camera Club has a monthly competition amongst its members.  We publish many of those photos in our digital newspaper.

Ringwood Movie makers is one of Australia’s most successful non-professional movie making clubs.

North East Melbourne Orchid Society.  Meetings are held at 7:30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month at the Marwal Centre, 9-11 Marwal Avenue, Balwyn North.

Go to our Volunteering post here to find out more about the following opportunities to become involved with these community groups:

Uniting Burwood is currently recruiting volunteers to join their community workers program and assist in providing help to people in need.

Embrace Education  is a volunteer group of tutors helping disadvantaged students obtain access to free tutoring

Celebrating sporting triumphs

There’s a lot happening in our region’s sporting clubs and lots to celebrate.  Go here to see who is having fun as well as winning

Local Heroes

We have set up the Local Heroes page to tell the stories of people who have contributed to our communities.  We would love to tell more of these stories.  If you know of someone who should be acknowledged, please send us their story.  But, please make sure firstly that they have given you their permission to do so.

Acknowledgement of Country

Independent Community News Group Inc acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands and waters of the Eastsider News focus area, and pays respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

To learn more about the rich culture and traditions of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people, we encourage you to explore their website here.

Thank you

We have a number of very generous regular donors who are absolutely essential to our survival.  Also essential are our regular advertisers. Thank you to these beautiful people without whom we would not  exist.

Go to our donation page here if you want to help us in this way.  To find out about advertising with us, go here.

Two people that work hard to make Eastsider News possible are our graphic designer Greg Loveder and Robert Dark, our website host at Web Genius.  Thank you Greg and Robert for your magnificent support.

We are always looking for people to help us produce the newspaper or to contribute content.  Please contact us by email at eastsidernews1@gmail.com