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Archive for: February, 2014

Call to see lake’s value

STRUGGLING: Toolondo Reservoir, already suffering with low water levels, has been hit by blue-green algae. Pictured is an on-looker inspecting the dire state of the lake, situated south-west of Horsham. Lake Toolondo residents and anglers from across Australia have joined together to campaign Water Minister Peter Walsh to allocate more water to the lake.

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By DEAN LAWSON Life-long Wimmera angler and angling commentator Chris Spence of Lower Norton has called on authorities to place a greater socio-economic and environmental value on Toolondo Reservoir. He has made a particular appeal for Victorian Water Minister Peter Walsh to ‘do whatever is necessary’ to ensure the south Wimmera lake maintains longevity as […]

Clearing work to improve safety

Powercor has started vegetation-management works in Stawell, Great Western, Halls Gap and St Arnaud and other areas to increase public safety and minimise supply disruptions by tree pruning and removal with Northern Grampians Shire Council.

Candidates race on

Edenhope and District Memorial Hospital chief executive Emma Kealy is the latest candidate to nominate for Nationals pre-selection. She joins Bruce Petering and Russell McKenzie to publicly announce their nomination for the state seat of Lowan. Ms Kealy said she had the right amount of skills, experience and passion to represent the Lowan electorate. She […]

Photography works on show

EDGY: Horsham Regional Art Gallery director Adam Harding and curator Alison Eggleton start to intall Pat Brassington’s phographic exhibition, which opens on Saturday. Picture:  LAUREN HENRY

Horsham Regional Art Gallery will present works by leading Australian photo-based artist Pat Brassington when her exhibition opens on Saturday. Curated by Juliana Engberg, artistic director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the exhibition, titled Pat Brassington: À Rebours, brings together several significant works from Brassington’s 30-year career. Pat Brassington was one of the […]

Field days focus

The Wimmera Machinery Field Days will be the focus of the agricultural industry next week, with site holders from across Australia and overseas. The 52nd annual event, from Tuesday to Thursday at the Wimmera Events Centre at Longerenong, will have new site holders showcasing fertilizers, machinery, crop seeds, silo upgrades and dog training products. Celebrity […]

Laharum invite for community

Organisers of a Laharum Football Netball Club dinner and raffle night on March 16 have invited the district community to the event as part of a get-together for fire-affected communities. Club chairman Nadine Miller said the Cameron Reserve dinner, which would involve a raffle and pre-season presentations, would follow a practice-match activities against Horsham. “It’s […]

I’ll be back!

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A juvenile yellow-tailed black cockatoo recuperates under the watchful eye of  wildlife carer Sue Starbuck in Horsham after being rescued from the fire-affected Brimpaen. The vulnerable bird, still feeding from but most likely abandoned by its parents during the fire, was feared to have broken leg or wing. But veterinarian checks cleared it of any […]

Horsham anglers urged to enter

Organisers of The Weekly Advertiser Horsham Fishing Contest on Sunday week have urged Horsham district people to ‘make the effort’ and enter the big charity fund-raiser. Spokesman Kevin Dellar said chances of getting close to a ‘magical’ 3000-entry figure would come down to the Horsham response. He said the flow entries from outside the region […]

Depending on rain

By DEAN LAWSON Finding a balance that satisfies the many different organisations and communities relying on water supply continues to evolve as a complex regional challenge. Construction of the Wimmera Mallee Pipeline was supposed to eliminate anxiety over supply for everything from domestic and environmental need to recreation. But it hasn’t happened. It has instead […]

Toolondo debate

SIR, – In reference to your article ‘June wait for Toolondo’. What would be interesting would be to include the amount of water released from Rocklands last year. We had a very wet winter last year with three months doubling or near doubling their monthly average rainfall. Much of this water was not allowed to […]

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