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Archive for: November, 2012

Essendon players tap into Murtoa expertise

HARD YARDS: From left, Essendon captain and Brownlow Medallist Jobe Watson and team-mates Ben Howlett, David Myers and David Zaharakis during the altitude training camp in Colorado.Picture: CONTRIBUTED

By DEAN LAWSON A unique international business with headquarters in the Wimmera has been playing a critical role in helping AFL club Essendon prepare for next season. Venture Events, Expeditions and Adventures, based at Murtoa and Kyoto in Japan and owned by Wimmera identity Aaron Davis has put 10 of the Bombers’ midfielders and young-leader […]

Police warning: Lock your cars

BE WARY: Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Eddy MacDonald has encouraged Wimmera people to lock their cars. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

By DEAN LAWSON Police have reminded Wimmera-Mallee Christmas shoppers, busy trades people and ‘everyone in between’ to be wary of opportunistic car thieves. They have warned that offenders often made the most of people distracted by a hectic run towards the Christmas break to steal from unsecured vehicles. Divisional Crime Prevention Officer Leader Senior Constable […]

Railway option: Divided we fall

By DEAN LAWSON It is amazing that studies are underway to explore the potential of a railway bypass of Horsham. At one time, to have a major railway running in and out of the heart of a regional city or town represented or reflected growth and progress. We’ve also seen country communities wage running battles […]

Push to consolidate festival attractions

CENTRE ABUZZ: Families, teenagers and youngsters mingle with shoppers in the heart of Firebrace Street for Horsham’s Kannamaroo Festival main-street party on Friday night. People from across the central Wimmera flooded into Horsham for the event, snapping up Christmas specials or catching up with friends during the annual celebration. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

Horsham Kannamaroo Festival committee members are keen for organisations running events on the big weekend to get together to strengthen ties. Festival spokesman Paul Latimer said after between 5000 and 6000 people crammed into Firebrace Street for a festival street party last Friday night it was important for everyone to make the most of the […]

Quality field for wool challenge

AMONG THE WOOL: Wool classer and judge Tony Campesato of Horsham examines a superfine fleece before judging entries in this year’s Wimmera Legacy Wool Competition. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

Judges will announce winners of a Wimmera Legacy Wool Competition tomorrow night after casting a discerning eye over a high-quality field of entries from across the region. Competition spokesman Bill McGrath, a former wool-classer, said the competition, raising money for Legacy, had attracted 66 ‘outstanding’ entries. “There is some beautiful wool here. The level of […]

Council explores ‘fly-in, fly-out’ options

Northern Grampians Shire Council has broadened its search for opportunities in establishing Stawell as a ‘fly-in-fly-out’ or FIFO work base to include links to Adelaide and Tasmania. The council is seeking expressions of interest from former Stawell Gold Mine employees or anyone else commuting between Stawell and SA or Tasmania for work. Mayor Cr Wayne […]

Disaster experts to speak at Nhill

Two of Australia’s leading medical experts in disaster response will speak on their international experiences when they visit the Wimmera tomorrow night. Dr Malcolm Johnston-Leek and Dr Annette Holian will be guests at West Wimmera Health Service annual meeting at Nhill Community Centre, starting at 8pm. The doctors are attached to Darwin’s National Critical Care […]



Wimmera Roller Derby members, from left, Sammy Simmonds, Amy Jay, Jesse Jorgensen-Price, Jess Simons and Rebekah Nicholson use Horsham’s Kannamaroo Festival to promote and raise money for their sport. Picture: DEAN LAWSON More on the Kannamaroo Festival in the November 29, 2012 edition of The Weekly Advertiser. NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Christmas finish for streetscape project

Project leaders expect streetscape work to improve amenity and pedestrian safety along Barkly Street in Ararat to be finished by Christmas. Ararat Rural City Council design and project management coordinator Alison Tonkin said the $220,000 project between Ingor and Ligar streets would ‘significantly’ improve safety for pedestrians and also beautify the area. “Work includes the […]

Hunt for feedback on Ararat aquatic centre

Ararat Rural City Council wants to know what people think about the services, programs, activities and facilities on offer at Ararat Aquatic and Recreation Centre. The council is keen for residents to have their say by filling out a survey which would then provide information to help provide municipal direction on services. The council’s strategic […]


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