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Elmhurst rabbit focus
Pressure is on landowners in Elmhurst district to control rabbits as agencies continue a project to protect the region’s upper catchment.
The Department of Primary Industries has started the third stage of a rabbit compliance program which started in 2008-2009. Departmental biosecurity officer Brian Howlett said the four-stage compliance project was based on sections of the Wimmera River and several tributaries.
Koala in top 10
The Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge has ranked in the top 10 in a national survey of Australia’s big icon attractions.
The Giant Koala has come in at number seven from 150 ‘big’ tourist attractions as part of a survey by navigation-product company Tom Tom. The Big Banana at Coffs Harbour came in at number one, Kingston’s Big Lobster in SA number four.
Books for library
Wimmera Hospice Care Auxiliary has donated 18 books to Wimmera Regional Library Corporation to help children and parents understand grief and dying.
Wimmera Hospice Care co-ordinator Melanie Hahne said the fiction, non-fiction and picture books were aimed at children, teenagers parents.
“We support people of all ages and from time to time there are children, teenagers and parents with children and teenagers who require palliative care. Books are an invaluable resource to help children and parents begin to talk about difficult situations like death, dying and grief.”
Service review
Wimmera Health Care Group is reviewing services it offers at Kurrajong Lodge in Horsham as part of an aged-care review. Group chief executive Chris Scott said the organisation was reviewing the services in line with Commonwealth Government reforms.
“We believe it is in the community’s best interest to review how we deliver aged-care residential services. The review is only in its early stages so we really do not know the outcome. The review will assess the demand on aged-care services, and what options are available to residents and the community if we were to reconfigure our aged-care services,” he said.
Centre embraces program
Taylors Gully Children’s Centre in Stawell has continued to embrace a new National and Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework, introducing several projects to its playrooms and outdoor areas.
As part of a National Quality Standard, the centre is providing children with a diverse range of new experiences that promote learning and development.
Northern Grampians Shire’s Cr Ross Clementson said Taylors Gully educators were enthusiastic about the new framework.
“The centre has been working really hard on it and has come up with some innovative ways to bridge the gap between home and childcare to make sure the children are thriving in an early learning environment. It’s all about working with families to give the children a sense of belonging,” he said.
Network welcome
Municipal leaders have welcomed an announcement that telecommunications will improve across Northern Grampians Shire. The shire is among Wimmera municipalities set to receive fixed wireless infrastructure as part of Australia’s National Broadband Network.
NBN Co, the company building the network, has started planning for the service which will deliver high-speed broadband internet connection to regional households and businesses.
Mayor Cr Dorothy Patton said the council was looking forward to working with NBN Co and its design and construction partners to establish the best locations for fixed wireless infrastructure.
Mobile assessment
Quad bikes and vans equipped with cameras have been patrolling public footpaths and roads as part of an assessment of Northern Grampians Shire infrastructure.
Shire council pavement inspection contractor Infrastructure Management Group has been collecting data on community footpaths and roads across the municipality.
The council’s Sanjay Manivasagasivam said the high-tech equipment was more accurate, cost effective and time efficient than traditional surveying methods.

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Posted on Jul 4 2012

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