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Archive for: January, 2013

Pumped up


Horsham’s annual triathlon has returned to ‘the basics’ with organisers scheduling the swim leg of the February 16 challenge in the Wimmera River. The decision marks a milestone for the river which has undergone the ravages of drought and flood, forcing triathletes to find alternative venues for many years. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority, in charge […]

Half-century potential for mineral sand mine

By DEAN LAWSON A multi-million dollar mineral sand mine and separation plant proposed for Drung South near Horsham might have a life span of up to 50 years if it goes ahead as planned. Initial estimates were that the project might create 1000 jobs for more than 25 years but Australian Zircon WIM 150 project […]

Model citizens


Regional Arts Victoria director and Australia Day ambassador Lindy Allen, left, congratulates Horsham Rural City Council’s young citizen of the year Rebecca Schmidt and citizen of the year Robyn Lardner at an Australia Day celebration at Horsham’s Sawyer Park soundshell. Picture: WILLAMY IMAGES

Finance column adds video link


The Weekly Advertiser has added yet another way to provide information to readers through the rapidly evolving world of multi-media communication. The newspaper, quickly adapting its printed product to make the most of on-line and social media opportunities, will now venture into the world of video information. Working with long-time partner Meritum Financial Group in […]


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Angela Covington from Cambridge, England, pictured, has joined Rural Northwest Health’s podiatry team in Warracknabeal. She has joined the podiatrist Wendy Cobbold, also from England, after previously working in a private practice and for the National Health Service in Britain. Allied Health team leader Sybil Braybrook said she hoped the community would support the appointment […]

Benefits: More humanity please

By DEAN LAWSON Let’s choose a cliché. How about ‘putting all your eggs in one basket’? Or would ‘too many irons in the fire’ be more appropriate? From simple observation, both seem to fit when trying to explain why there seems to be a long list of headaches over the federal process of passing on […]

Money for weir work

The State Government has confirmed plans to provide the $3.4-million needed for restoration works on Dimboola and Jeparit weirs damaged by 2011 floodwater. Treasurer Kim Wells said the funding would go to repairing the weir walls and revitalise the surrounding areas for community use. “The floods in the Wimmera River caused substantial damage to the […]

Appeal for fire victims

A Willaura-Lake Bolac community has launched an appeal to help a family that lost most of its possessions in a house fire earlier this month. A fire, caused by an electrical fault, burnt down ‘Hell-A-Yula’, the Glenelg Highway family home of Leonard Ratima and Georgina Fischer and their five children Leonard Jnr 10, Daemon 8, […]

Sailing floats boat for excited little ‘tackers’

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Horsham Yacht Club has planned further introductory sailing events after a ‘Tackers’ course at Green Lake attracted an enthusiast response from youngsters keen to learn the sport. The club is now planning a ‘Tackers 2’ course, the next level in the program. The four-day Yachting Victoria Tackers course, in association with Whitworths, the Boatshed and […]

Family tells river stories in song

By Melissa Pouliot as part of ‘The Wimmera’s Flowing Tale’, a Wimmera Catchment Management Authority series raising awareness of a need for Wimmera River health. During the mid-2000s, Lake Albacutya farmer Peter Gosling was so desperate for water for his sheep that he and his sons Ben and Andy would pump it out of puddles […]


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