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It Tex two


Horsham jockey Holly McKechnie returns to scale after her six-year-old charge Texan Warney won its second successive Horsham Cup on Sunday. The back-to-back win was McKechnie’s third Horsham Cup triumph after her debut win on You’re Joking as an apprentice in 2002. The victory was the fourth cup success for Telopea Downs trainer Darryl Dodson. […]

Financial awakening as festival gears up

By DEAN LAWSON The future of Horsham’s Awakenings disability arts festival is closer to being secure with the unique event attracting more than $30,000 after a plea for financial help. Wimmera Uniting Care chief executive Wendy Middleton, busy preparing for hectic event schedule this weekend, said the community response to a national call to action […]

Solid foundation

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Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation trustees celebrated the success of a new Foundation 500 fund-raiser with the launch of an honour board in the Wimmera Base Hospital foyer. The board lists the name of individuals and businesses that have committed to donating at least $500 per year over the next four years to the foundation’s […]

Freight terminal earns EDA nod

PARTNERSHIP: Horsham Rural City Council economic development manager Tony Bawden, left, and councillor Bernard Gross, right, accept the EDA partnerships award from sponsor representative Andrew Saunders at the awards ceremony in Adelaide. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A multi-million-dollar freight hub at Dooen has won recognition at a national awards ceremony. The Wimmera Intermodal Freight Hub near Horsham was given the 2011 Economic Development Partnerships Award at Economic Development Australia’s annual awards in Adelaide. Horsham Rural City Council economic development manager Tony Bawden and former mayor Cr Bernard Gross accepted the award […]

Opportunities in new carbon tax

By DEAN LAWSON Debate about the Federal Government’s new carbon tax will continue well into the foreseeable future. Any tax, regardless of perceived benefits or measures to off-set financial hardship, will always attract vigorous criticism. But Federal Parliament has passed the tax which means the challenge now, instead of maintaining the rage in a dead […]

Search for motocross venue after VCAT enforced closure

Northern Grampians Shire Council will assess locations for motocross activity in the Stawell district after the forced closure of a popular regional venue. The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal issued an enforcement order on a Panrock Reservoir Road track after the owner of the land failed to comply with the Northern Grampians Planning Scheme. The […]

Russian war bird set for air-show stardom

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A rare European aircraft will thunder into Horsham Aerodrome this weekend as the feature attraction of Horsham Aero Club’s fly-in and air show. The Antonov 2, the world’s largest single-engine biplane, will fly from Queensland for the event. Club officials were delighted to confirm the participation of the historic aircraft at this year’s show. Event […]

Bid for Field Days holiday fails

The Wimmera Machinery Field Days committee has failed in its attempt to have a public holiday declared for the annual event. The committee approached Horsham Rural City Council to have the Wednesday of next year’s field days declared a public holiday as the allocated local council public holiday. Field days manager Murray Wilson said apublic […]

Wimmera’s champions

KEYS TO ADORE: Jason and Jennifer Keys are the latest champions of ‘The Wimmera – Everything you need’ campaign. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Jason and Jennifer Keys of Warracknabeal are the latest Champions of ‘The Wimmera – Everything you need’. The couple moved to Warracknabeal from Melbourne with their two children three years ago, and have established a flourishing business, Websites for Small Business. “We are both really excited to be appointed as Champions of ‘The Wimmera – […]

Chance to raise cup for leaders


It will be a case of bring your own crockery when 27 Leadership Wimmera graduates celebrate their achievements during a gala ceremony at Wimmera Sports and Community Club on October 28. But dinner guests won’t be using their own plates and cups, but rather donating them to help people facing homelessness or a housing crisis. […]


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