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Archive for: March, 2010

Living in the deep end


By GREG O’CONNOR While it’s not unusual for a Wimmera family to welcome a new pet to its home, it might be considered slightly odd when the arrival is a new-born miniature donkey. However, the birth of a foal ends a patient two-year wait for Mockinya couple Greg and Rebecca Fletcher. And it’s nothing out […]

Chef’s culinary delight


After surviving a tough selection process, Stawell Harness Racing Club’s culinary team is a finalist in a Chef’s Table 2010 culinary competition. Head chef Leonie Clayton and second chef John McNeill qualified as one of 17 teams for the finals after a long and selective process. All culinary teams were required to submit a comprehnsive […]

First-aid courses are now available

Regional education organisation Wimmera Hub has encouraged people to make the most of first-aid training courses. Course co-ordinator Kathleen Smart said Apply First Aid and Perform CPR courses were nationally recognised and attracted more than 200 people each year. “Businesses should provide a safe workplace for all employees and clients and the two-day Apply First […]

Scarecrows needed to make a stand


The search is on for scarecrows ‘musica’. So gather your work, school or club peers and express yourself with scarecrow art. That’s the message from the organisers of the annual Scarecrows at the Cellar Door, this year at Buangor’s Off The Beaten Track Wine and Art Gallery on the Western Highway. This year’s competition theme […]

Praiseworthy pipeline

Catchment leaders have joined regional celebrations in a countdown to the completion of the multi-million-dollar Wimmera Mallee Pipeline project. They have described the milestone as the perfect springboard for regional environmental and socio-economic sustainability and development. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority chief executive Marc Thompson said piping a vast area of western Victoria represented the critical […]

Region on show


Visitors to the Caravan and Camping Shows in Adelaide and Melbourne were able to meet tourism experts at a regionally focused Grampians stand. Five local government areas of the region featured as a whole on the newly designed Grampians Tourism stand. The stand was decorated with images designed to showcase key experiences of the region. […]

City and region pushing ahead

A Melbourne-based musician visiting the Wimmera for a funeral last weekend attracted considerable scepticism when, in conversation with new friends afterwards, suggested Horsham was primed to ‘boom’. On his first visit to the regional city, the visitor was full of praise, not only for Horsham, but for the region which he described as ‘ideal’. “We […]

Heritage at Natimuk


An enthusiast who first showed bantams at Natimuk Show in 1948 expects a record entry in the poultry section of this Saturday’s 118th ‘heritage’ event. Doug Rogers will return to Natimuk Showground this weekend and is looking forward to pigeons returning for showing scrutiny. The theme for this year’s Natimuk Show is ‘heritage’ and organisers […]

Guest presenter for women’s night

Multimedia artist Desiree Cross will be guest presenter at a ‘women’s night’ in Horsham this Friday for people affected by last year’s Remlaw bushfire. Organisers expec more than 150 women and children to see the former Dimboola artist reveal how she created characters for a cartoon awaiting the green light from television studios in Melbourne. […]

Option B wins approval


A meeting of Goroke residents unanimously endorsed a $1.67 million proposal to renovate and expand Goroke Community Health Centre. The proposal includes the addition of new consulting rooms and an expanded day centre and multi-purpose room, as well as significant alterations to the building’s interior. The meeting voted unanimously for the proposal ahead of a […]


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