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Archive for: December, 2013

Ararat launches guide to landmarks

Ararat Rural City Council has launched its Historic Ararat Guide. The driving and walking guide is designed to provide Ararat visitors with an understanding of the centre’s historic landmarks and architecture.

Jeparit station upgrade fires up

IMPROVEMENT: Work on restoring the Jeparit Fire Station is in full swing, thanks to State Government money to upgrade rural fire stations. Picture: JAMES FIDLER

Restoration of the historic Jeparit Fire Station is expected to be completed by April. The Country Fire Authority is restoring 11 fire stations across the Wimmera, including Lawloit, Yanac, Antwerp, Werrap and Worak. The original building of the Jeparit Fire Station was built nearly 90 years ago, while a meeting room and store room were […]

Fire danger rating signs in bushfire-prone areas

New fire danger rating signs will be at Dunkeld, Halls Gap, Dadwells Bridge and Apsley for the summer bushfire season. Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said Lowan residents would get the latest information on fire risk this summer with the introduction of automated roadside fire danger ratings signs. “Signs will display the daily fire danger […]

WorkCo chair heads national training group

Skillinvest Group and WorkCo chairman John Ackland of Horsham is the new chair of Group Training Australia, a national network representing more than 150 group training organisations. Mr Ackland has been the organisation’s deputy chair for the last two years. He said he was looking forward to the leadership role. “I am a firm believer […]

Calendar for student travel

Twelve students from Warracknabeal Secondary College are fundraising for a 15-day overseas trip to World War One battle sites. The students, from years nine to 12, have created a calendar of regional scenes, with the help of sponsorship from businesses to fund the printing costs. Sponsors advertisements will be printed in colour and displayed on […]

Stawell students shine for acting teacher

ACTING UP: International acting teacher Paul Parker helps the students of Stawell 502 Primary School with their performance skills. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Stawell 502 Primary School have benefited from free acting lessons from international acting teacher Paul Parker. Mr Parker, who lives in Landsborough near Stawell, is assisting students, from grades three to six, prepare for the school play The Piper. With 24 years teaching experience, Mr Parker teaches actors, television presenters and sports stars with their […]

Highway assurances at minister meeting

Wimmera municipal representatives pressing for government assurances that a $505-million construction project to establish a dual carriageway on the Western Highway will continue to Stawell are confident the money will be forthcoming. Northern Grampians and Horsham mayors Kevin Erwin and David Grimble have gained a pledge of support for the project Victorian Roads Minister Terry […]


Thousands gathered at Horsham Carols By Candlelight earlier this month to celebrate Christmas. Horsham Mayor David Grimble welcomed the community to the sound shell fo the event.

Health forum advice

Understanding the needs of consumer was a key message Wimmera Health Care Group Community Advisory Committee member Gillian Vanderwaal passed on from a major health forum in New Zealand. Mrs Vanderwaal reported  on her experiences at an Asia Pacific Forum into Quality Improvement in Healthcare to the committee. “The voice of the consumer is vital […]

The Christmas spirit

“I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.” – Charles Dickens By SUJATHA UMAKANTHAN Festivity […]


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