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Archive for: June, 2011

Looking local to see big picture

By DEAN LAWSON There has never been any question that local government is closer than any other form of government to the average person. We could argue that this is even more profound in rural and regional communities where decision makers share the same footpaths, roads and various other community facilities with fellow ratepayers. Yet […]

Year of the Tiger was almost catastrophic

Year of the Tiger was almost catastrophic

“Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.” William Ward By PETER MILLER Nhill Football Club is celebrating a special occasion this weekend. The last time the club won a Wimmera Football League senior premiership was in 1981 and Saturday will mark the 30th anniversary of that occasion. Unless you have grown up […]

Call for shoebox help

HOPE: A Vietnamese child enjoys a rare gift as part of Operation Christmas Child. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A group dedicated to providing hope to severely disadvantaged children in countries ravaged by war, famine and poverty has again called for Wimmera people to get involved in a ‘shoebox’ project. Ann Rohde of Lorquon said Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, had been a success across the region last year and again […]

Praise for road work partnership

LONG HAUL: Pumping storm water 5.5 kilometres to a salt swamp during the January floods  Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A partnership between VicRoads and GWMWater to allow flood-affected Jeparit-Rainbow Road to open has won praise from a Hindmarsh Shire councillor. Cr Mick Gawith said he planned to make a point of congratulating all agencies involved in the project at the next Hindmarsh Shire Council meeting. He said VicRoads and GWMWater had worked to close […]

Rock music continues

A band featuring experienced Wimmera musicians will maintain live rock-music momentum in Horsham when it performs at Horsham RSL club next Wednesday night. Them Apples, with Lee Hogart, Sherie Hammond, Robert Eales and Stephen Hadley, will provide the second instalment of a project to present regular week-night gigs. Newly formed Wimmera Rock is presenting shows […]

Shop reflects growth

NEW STORE: From left, The Reject Shop’s Jamie Arnold,  Erin Simmons, Beck Cook, Horsham manager Donna Smith and Nick Smith at the opening of the new store in Horsham Plaza. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

The regional manager of one of Australia’s largest discount variety retailers is confident a Wimmera market can continue can stimulate healthy growth in Horsham and Ararat stores. The Reject Shop area manager John Ainsworth said at the opening of a new store in Horsham Plaza that the move to a ‘bigger and brighter’ location in […]

Flood crews start recovery work

OFF TO WORK WE GO: The eight Wimmera Flood Employment Program employees – Tim Martin, Brendan McKenzie, Tim Elmore, Andrew Dunlop, Donald Barnes, Brendon Abernethy, Lachlan Reid and Lachlan Zordan. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

Full-time crews have started flood-recovery work on farms across the Wimmera. Two crews of four are working on farms from Elmhurst to Jeparit as part of a Victorian Government $6.5-million Flood Employment Program. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority is in charge of the crews in a program also running in Mallee, North Central, Goulburn Broken and […]

Motorcycle rally for WACK

Murtoa-based motorcycle touring club MOTA will raise money for Wimmera Against Cancer in Kids charity with its 2011 Up The Creek Rally at Jung this weekend. The fully catered event, from Saturday to Monday, will be at Jung Recreation Reserve and feature a gymkhana, live entertainment on Saturday night, raffles and various awards. Organisers expect […]

Axel to meet his Magpie idols

Horsham youngster and Collingwood fan Axel Fischer, 11, will join his football idols in Melbourne on Sunday after winning a major competition through McDonald’s Family Restaurants. Axel, who missed an opportunity to meet his beloved Pies earlier this year, won the McDonald’s Mighty Footy Trip competition with a 25-word entry at McDonald’s in Horsham. The […]

Big crowd expected for expo

Organisers of tomorrow’s Wimmera and Southern Mallee Careers Expo at Longerenong expect more than 2000 students to attend the event. Event spokeswoman Andrea Cross said the emphasis of the event, celebrating its 25th year, was encouraging people to explore new career directions. “There’s an obvious emphasis on students but really, it’s for everyone,” she said. […]

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