The week that was in south-west Victoria

It’s been a busy week in the south-west.

If it’s been a hectic one for you and you’ve missed out on what’s making news, here’s a rundown for you.

► SHORTLIST: Did your suggested maremma name make the cut?

The new puppy has an important job ahead as a guardian of the little penguin colony on Middle Island.

The new puppy has an important job ahead as a guardian of the little penguin colony on Middle Island.

► FATAL ASSAULT: A man died after an assault in a Warrnambool home on Wednesday night. Read more. 

PAYMENT: Midfield Meat will pay $100,000 to at Q Fever awareness campaign after four employees contracted the disease. Read more.

► REUNITED: Molly Hocking was reunited with her horse Daisy. Read more.

IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK: Maisy shows how happy she is to be back home in St Helens as she gives her owner Molly Hocking a big kiss. Picture: Rob Gunstone

IT'S GOOD TO BE BACK: Maisy shows how happy she is to be back home in St Helens as she gives her owner Molly Hocking a big kiss. Picture: Rob Gunstone

► STRANDED: A boat became stuck on a Port Fairy reef. Read more.

COLLABORATION: Musicians Heidi Gass and Mark Halliwell have joined forces for a new project. Read more.

Heidi Gass and Mark Halliwell plan to release a new single every three months, starting with the prog-rock epic Dice Man.

Heidi Gass and Mark Halliwell plan to release a new single every three months, starting with the prog-rock epic Dice Man.

► ELF ON THE SHELF: South-west stores struggled to keep up with demand. Read more.

Shelf life: Warrnambool stores stocking Elf on the Shelf for Christmas have been inundated with demand for the American tradition. Picture: Anthony Brady

Shelf life: Warrnambool stores stocking Elf on the Shelf for Christmas have been inundated with demand for the American tradition. Picture: Anthony Brady

STEPS SHUT: Residents were shocked to learn Childers Cove will be closed permanently. Read more.

► LONG JOURNEY: Portland coach Luke Crane talks about recovering from a knee reconstruction. Read more. 

BLUE SKIES AHEAD: Portland coach Luke Crane is on the road to recovery after injuring his knee in July. Picture: Amy Paton

BLUE SKIES AHEAD: Portland coach Luke Crane is on the road to recovery after injuring his knee in July. Picture: Amy Paton

You can also check out our galleries from the week.

Photos of the week

Flashback Friday

Throwback Thursday

Way back when Wednesday

#summersnaps

Your weekend in #Port Fairy

Tower Hill Challenge

TALKING POINTS

Stories that got you talking on social media

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“Bullcrap. We can put a man on the moon but not build a set of steps to a beach. Fix it.” Mo Moloney

“You won't be able to show your grandchildren anything anymore soon as red tape will stop all the natural good things to share with your young ones. Totally agree with other comments fix the bloody thing and let people enjoy the area like i did as a kid.we spend so much on wasted things.” Rex Conn

“What a shame. There are many spot along our beautiful coastline that are in the same state. The Great Apostles... Wouldn't dare close that. Way too many tourist dollars would be lost.” Angela Knights