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Archive for: April, 2012

Ambulance Vehicle Numbers Adequate

Ambulance Victoria maintains there are enough ambulance vehicles in the Wimmera Mallee to provide adequate services. The claim comes after a report showed response times in the region can stretch to up to 45 minutes. Ambulance Victoria’s Acting Group Manager of Northern Mallee Dale Richards says it would be difficult to improve on response times […]

The Hunter games

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Former Northern Territory under-19 representative Kirsten Hunter, 19, will make his Wimmera Football League debut for Minyip-Murtoa as the league kicks off its 2012 season on Saturday. Hunter, who has shifted to the Wimmera from Darwin to work as an adolescent health worker with Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative, will play for the Burras against Ararat […]

Seedbank to provide development spark

GRAND TOUR: DPI Horsham senior pulse breeder Michael Materne shows guests, including Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh, around the site of the new seed gene bank. Picture: GREG O’CONNOR

By DEAN LAWSON Confirmation of the Wimmera becoming home to a national genetic library and bank for crop seeds is set to provide momentum for major growth in research and development in the region. Wimmera Development Association executive director Jo Bourke said the multi-million-dollar project at Horsham’s Grains Innovation Park represented a spark that had […]


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Parts of Horsham College’s senior campus have become a demolition site as contractors pull down old classroom buildings. The contractors are preparing the site for the construction of a new Horsham Special Development School. Picture: GREG O’CONNOR

Powercor assures meters are safe

Powercor has stepped up a message that new digital Smart Meters being installed in household meter boxes across the Wimmera are safe and are simply a part of an evolution in technology. Corporate affairs manager Hugo Armstrong stressed that the new meters posed no more health or safety threat to people than many common electrical […]


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Horsham’s Old Peppertree Nursery is continuing its support of the annual Horsham Lights and Sirens Ball. Owner-operator Cathie Robertson has committed to providing the May 12 event with an array of colourful flowering table decorations and has offered the plants to be included in the evening’s charity auction. Cathie showed a sample of the plants […]

Day to honour ANZAC sacrifice

Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest has reminded people across the region of the significance of ANZAC Day next week. Mr Forrest said ANZAC Day was part of Australian history and culture and reminder that democratic heritage did not come cheaply. “Thousands of men and women have made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our way […]

Monique’s got talent for TV hit

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Minyip singer and teacher Monique Le Bass, 29, is hopeful of making it through rounds of Channel Seven television competition Australia’s Got Talent after impressing judges during an audition in February. The former Queenslander, who is tackling opera in the show, will appear on the show’s next episode on Monday night. The death of her […]

Seedbank’s a win for all

By DEAN LAWSON It would be easy to take note of news that the Wimmera will become home to a national seed gene bank, give a simple nod of satisfaction and move on to the next story. But this multi-million-dollar project to further develop Grains Innovation Park in Horsham deserves much more. The State Government, […]

Catfish slumber delay

By DEAN LAWSON A seasonal ‘body clock’ putting the Wimmera River’s resident eel-tailed catfish into a cool-weather slumber is likely to delay a captive breeding program for the species until next spring. Native Fish Australia’s Wimmera branch remains on the hunt for strong genetic brood stock from the Wimmera River. But it is resigned to […]


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