In The Courier this week

Amy Carson, 18, left, with Nikita Trewartha, 19, and Sarah Parker, 18, made the most of the mud among the sell out crowd of 15,000 music lovers at Groovin the Moo.


Mud & mayhem

Furious Hills traders are demanding the Groovin the Moo music event be scrapped or better regulated after being flooded with intoxicated festival-goers who urinated, defecated and vomited on their premises.
Pubs, restaurants and shops along the route from the freeway to the Oakbank racecourse were swamped by hundreds of drunk revellers trying to use the business’ toilets on their way to the sold-out festival on Saturday.
Many were refused entry, only to turn around and use car parks, fences, road verges and vacant lots as makeshift toilets in full view of patrons and passing motorists.
Private residences from Verdun to Oakbank also suffered.

Also in this week’s issue

  • Chestnut risk: The man behind the much-loved roasted chestnut stall in Stirling’s main street is being forced by the local council to move his stand after 25 years in the same location.

  • ‘Snail mail’: Hills households are being told to expect slower mail services unless they pay more.

  • Flaxley sale: The former Flaxley Research Centre is still on the market after an expressions of interest process failed to secure a buyer.

  • Old oven: It baked the bread that sustained German families more than 160 years ago until it fell into ruin and lay forgotten for almost a century.

  • Get medieval: Knights in shining armor will clash swords with Vikings, giant slingshots will hurl missiles and bards will serenade passers-by as Gumeracha steps back to the Middle Ages this weekend.

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