Ferntree Gully News recently celebrated its 50th edition – and is releasing an anthology to mark the occasion.
The following article was written by Editor Anne Boyd, and originally appeared at Ferntree Gully News.
Ferntree Gully News: Scenes and Stories is a selection of stories and photographs gathered from the first fifty issues of Ferntree Gully News.
Part personal stories, especially of migrants who ‘made a home in the Gully’, part celebration of some of Victoria’s oldest sports and arts groups, part evocations of a special place facing twenty-first century change, the book form gives some permanence to the ephemeral nature of a bi-monthly newspaper.
It does more than this. Launched only months after the devastation of Black Saturday bushfires in 2009, Ferntree Gully News has reported local stories around the underlying agenda of maintaining community in an ‘edge’ place, between the forested slopes of the Dandenong Ranges and the increasingly urbanised fringes of the city of Melbourne.
Follow the story of the newspaper as it gathers confidence over eight years, or dip in anywhere to enjoy the conversations of a generous and engaged community.