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Archive for: March, 2014

Police on front foot

By DEAN LAWSON Police have stressed a need for Wimmera people be vigilant in reporting illegal or suspicious activities across the region as a national crackdown on outlaw bikie gangs continues to attract headlines. Horsham Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent said Wimmera centres were lucky to have so far avoided becoming bases for highly organised criminal […]

Rural council summit puts spotlight on Nhill

By LAUREN HENRY A stream of local government representatives will visit Hindmarsh Shire this week to explore ideas on growing rural communities. Rural Councils Victoria, a body incorporating 38 rural shires across the state, will host the Rural Summit, featuring several key guest speakers. More than 150 people are expected at the summit, with a […]

Show time at Minyip


The Minyip Show on Sunday promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family. The show, sponsored by Minyip Community Bank, will be at the town’s recreation reserve, from 11am. Attractions include: show entries and pavilion displays; mechanical bucking bull; market stalls; community displays; food stalls; climbing wall; and show bags. Pictured preparing for […]

‘People power’ key to college funding

BIG WIN: Horsham College school council president Rowan Smith gives the thumbs up with Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty. Picture: DEAN LAWSON

Horsham mayor David Grimble has described a $10-million State Government budget commitment to start rebuilding Horsham College as a win for ‘people power’. Cr Grimble said solidarity between key Horsham groups and the general community had led to a consistent message and perseverance had paid off. “It’s a sensational outcome. As a regional city it […]

Antwerp fire under investigation

Fire investigators are continuing to probe the cause of a fire that burnt 2700 hectares and sparked authorities to issue an emergency warning for Antwerp and Tarranyurk, north of Dimboola, on Friday. More than 100 fire fighters tackled the fire, which started at 3.30pm, burning through paddocks of grass and stubble. CFA Region 17 operations […]

Cool weather hope to control algae

Water managers hope an onset of cooler weather will help remove outbreaks of toxic blue-green algae from lakes in the region. GWMWater’s Andrew Rose said testing during this week would determine if the algae still posed a health risk at Lake Lonsdale, Taylors Lake and Toolondo Reservoir.   Get the full story in the March […]

Good Lovelies close to sell-out in Ararat

A performance of Canadian folk rock trio The Good Lovelies in Ararat Hotel’s Red Room tomorrow was almost a sell-out late yesterday, prompting organisers to urge patrons to quickly book their tickets. Ararat Live is presenting the performance, which includes support act The Little Stevies, as part of its live-music schedule. David Nicholson from Ararat […]

College fight must continue

By DEAN LAWSON While many of us continue to celebrate long-awaited confirmation of State Government money for a Horsham College rebuild, it is important to remember that this fight is far from over. The college will need every bit of the $10-million that the government has pledged to complete the first stage of the project. […]

Excitement with drilling results

PROMISING: Navarre Minerals geologist Brylie McAuley checks metal content of drill sample at the Eclipse prospect at Cherrypool.

Results of exploratory drilling and geophysical surveys in the southern Wimmera have fuelled confidence that an ancient volcanic corridor running through the region is home to significant deposits of readily accessible copper and gold. Excited Navarre Minerals officials announced details to the Australian Stock Exchange this week and are now busily preparing to ‘aggressively’ follow […]

Numbers up for country festival

SHOW STOPPER: Singer Sandie Dodd entertained the crowd at the Horsham Country Music Festival at the Soundshell on Saturday. A 15 percent increase in crowd numbers pleased organisers. 

Volunteers are already preparing for next year’s Horsham Country Music Festival after recording a 15 percent increase in patronage. Horsham Country Music Association spokesman Lyall Wheaton said attractions at the seventh annual festival last weekend in Horsham attracted record crowds. He said a crowd of 800 attended the ACE Radio Country Music Spectacular at Sawyer […]


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