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In 2018 we published feature articles, news stories and think-pieces about the people, programs and places which make Victoria tick.
As part of this, we also produced a vast number of videos showing the strength and vibrancy of the Victorian economy.
We journeyed all over the state, covering everything from museums to farms to speeches and launches - and so much else - to record the best stories occurring across the state.
We’ve collected our favourites for you here, so if you only have time to replay a few video highlights from 2018, here are some standouts:
Happy 90th birthday to the Country Women’s Association of Victoria
A garden party in honour of some of the country’s most cherished scone-makers, happy ninetieth birthday to the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of Victoria.
Rupanyup’s big plans to save the small town
The tiny town of Rupanyup, or just ‘Rup,’ discovered that art patrons need somewhere to buy vanilla slice. Watch what they did to make that happen.
ManuFutures: the “next generation of advanced manufacturing in Geelong”
We stepped inside Manufutures – an advanced manufacturing and innovation hub at Deakin University in Geelong where they worked out an ingenious way of training firefighters.
New Victorian Hearing Aid Tech is music to all ears
Victorian innovation at its finest – we were at the moving launch of a new hearing device in March which, since filming, has gone on to win a raft of design awards.
David Jones headquarters opens in Melbourne
Retail is a major player in Victoria’s economy, so when we were invited to the grand unveiling of David Jones’ new headquarters in Cremorne, well, there’s no other place…
Business Insights with Mark Rubbo, MD, Readings Bookshops
And for a sample of what we can’t wait to bring you more of in 2019, why not watch our first of a series of longform interviews with Victorian business leaders: Mark Rubbo of Readings.
In complement to this story, why not read the rest of our end of year highlights series?
1. Video highlights part 2: Festivals, events and exhibitions.
2. For those who appreciate insightful conversations with compelling people, we recommend our favourite interviews and profile pieces from 2018.
3. The all-round most popular stories from across The Victorian Connection over the last 12 months.
4. And finally, the last in our 2018 year in review series is our curated collection of top stories about medical innovations.