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Archive for: January, 2015

Masonic hall renovations

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Renovations to one of the Wimmera’s most iconic buildings, Horsham Masonic Centre in Horsham, are scheduled to be finished in February or March. Centre secretary John McTaggart said the Urquhart Street Hall, a Horsham landmark since its construction in 1937, was undergoing major restoration. “The roof and ceiling upstairs have been replaced, there will be […]

Team wins award for excellence

Farmers have ‘millions’ of reasons to be thankful for senior pathologist Grant Hollaway and his team at Grains Innovation Park in Horsham. Analysis has showed this team has provided more than $400-million worth of benefits to the industry in the first decade this century by helping in the understanding and reduction of crop diseases. This […]

Motorcyclists to gather for big Grampians ride

Organisers of the seventh annual Grampians ‘Ride to Remember this Sunday expect 300 motorcycle enthusiasts to be involved in the event. The ride will start from Ararat Performing Arts Centre at 9am and involve a 188-kilometre circuit across the rural countryside of Ararat district. It will skim the fringes of the Grampians and include the […]

Staley: Views not reflective

Louise Staley

Member for Ripon Louise Staley is confident that a social media page calling for a halt in the development of a mosque in Ararat far from reflects the attitude of most Ararat people. Ms Staley, in responding to a ‘Stop the Mosque in Ararat’ Facebook page, said all indications were that non-Ararat people were driving […]

Police radio change

The State Government’s promise to replace an ‘outdated and unsafe’ police radio system is a step closer with Police Minister Wade Noonan confirming that discussions had started  with Victoria Police. Country police officers, using a  system which allowed the public to listen to their operations, will receive new digital radios to replace the analogue system. […]

VFF: Transport, water are keys

Victoria’s peak farming body leaders believe investing  in transport and water infrastructure projects holds the key to unlocking rural Victoria’s economic potential. Victorian Farmers Federation president Peter Tuohey said the organisation was keen to establish immediate priorities to set the foundations for economic growth in regional Victoria. The VFF has launched Pre-Budget Submission to the […]

Rising temperatures to affect wheat yields

STUDY: Scientist Garry O’Leary.

Computer models show global wheat production could fall six percent for every one-degree rise in temperature under climate change. In a world-wide study published online in Nature Climate Change, scientists including Victoria’s Garry O’Leary from the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources argue that production will drop under higher temperatures and losses will […]

Time to tackle weeds

Grains Research and Development Corporation agronomist Rob Sonogan has urged people to ‘get on top’ of summer weeds after recent rain. He said even small summer weeds could rapidly deplete soil moisture and nutrients.

Forum to set cropping scene

The Grains Research and Development Corporation will host a major forum in Ballarat next month to support the Victorian grains industry through the 2015 cropping season and beyond. Agronomists, consultants, researchers, growers and other grains-industry personnel committed to ensuring the State’s grains sector remains productive and profitable will attend the GRDC Emerging systems – new […]

Bumper health-care report

Rural Northwest Health’s latest Quality of Care report in its new magazine format is now available to the public. At 56 pages, the 2014 report is the biggest issue the health service has released and it features a year’s supply of stories and pictures as well as important health information. RNH events and marketing coordinator […]

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