Ferntree Gully News: Scenes and Stories

We are delighted to announce the publication of Ferntree Gully News, Scenes and Stories, 2009-17, a collection of stories and photographs sourced from the first 50 issues of this newspaper.

The book will be available for purchase from 1 October 2018.

This book is a uniquely crafted portrait of people, individual and groups, in a special place and time. 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.

The high standard of the production also enhances the many quality photographs that originally appeared on newsprint.

Thank you

We wish to thank Knox City Council’s Community Development Fund for a grant towards funding the cost of printing. Also the publishers, Mountain District Learning Centre and the members of the Gully News team for help in production. Special thanks go to Teresa Cannon who did most of the selection and editing and all of the formatting.

Above all we say thank you to all the contributors to the book and to the newspaper, and to the community of Ferntree Gully. You are what it is all about!

Purchasing information

Ferntree Gully News – Scenes and Stories, 2009-17

Priced at $15, copies can be purchased either by cash, eftpos or credit card payment from:
Mountain District Learning Centre Office,
13-15 The Avenue, FTG.
OR Ferntree Gully Newsagency 2/69 Station Street, FTG.

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