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Archive for: February, 2012

Darwin bound

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Darwin Defenders Maurie Gerdtz, left, and Laurie Schmidt of Horsham will be part of a Wimmera group flying to Darwin this weekend to take part in commemoration services for the 70th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the city in 1942. Wimmera-Mallee district soldiers played a key role in the defence and Horsham flies a […]

When war hits home

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By DEAN LAWSON Maurie Gerdtz, 89, considers the pattern bombing of 54 high-level aircraft as his most frightening experience of a Japanese attack on Darwin in February, 1942. “It’s the one thing that scared me the most,” he said. “It was the second night and our anti-aircraft guns couldn’t get up that high and there […]

Leader prepares for a big shave

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Stawell district community leader Andrea Cooper is looking forward to ‘a new look’ in her push to help raise money and awareness in a fight against blood cancer. Cr Cooper, a Northern Grampians Shire councillor, will go under the clippers and lose all her hair at Stawell Retravision store at 10am on March 15 as […]

More College questions

Former Horsham College council president Graham Gerlach has continued to question the hold-up of Horsham College redevelopment. Mr Gerlach responded to an explanation of circumstances by the Education Department’s acting regional director Peter Henry in The Weekly Advertiser last week with an appeal to the public to call the regional office. Mr Gerlach said ‘where […]

Homicide cases

Murder charges and court hearings as a result of sudden deaths in Horsham and Goroke dominated Wimmera news bulletins this week. Nhill and Horsham Magistrates’ courts heard preliminary submissions on Tuesday for the respective cases. Six Horsham men faced murder charges in Nhill Magistrates’ Court after the death of a Horsham man, 25, on Friday […]

Horsham College

SIR,- I read the article involving Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Grampians acting regional director Peter Henry in last week’s issue of The Weekly Advertiser regarding the Horsham College and felt compelled to comment. His comments are very disappointing. Just because he hasn’t received any correspondence does not in any way reflect of […]


SIR,- Your front page story, ‘Appeal for sense’, February 9, 2012, indicates to me that all those involved in the Horsham High-Tech School renovation process have been successfully lulled into passivity by a bureaucracy that’s just as sluggish and shy from initiating anything of substance. Anyone with as little historical awareness may recall the attempted […]

Students’ backpack dilemma

By DEAN LAWSON The sight of children heading back to school after a long summer holiday break is perhaps one of the profound signals of a changing season and a journey into a new year. It is as if society suddenly awakens from hibernation and breaks camp in search of opportunity. In the mornings there […]

Horsham growth study

The direction in which Horsham’s main shopping centre might spread will be a key aspect of a study into Horsham’s central business district. The future of Horsham’s shopping heart, traditionally bordered by Hamilton Street in the south, Baillie Street, north, McPherson Street, east and Park Drive, west, has long been the subject of community debate. […]

Human skull found near Lake Hindmarsh

Police will use forensic information to assess if a human skull found near Lake Hindmarsh on Tuesday is part of remains of Rainbow kayaker Aaron Oakley who went missing at the lake in July last year. Detective Sergeant Steve Walker from Horsham police said people working on a property discovered the skull in a paddock […]


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