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Archive for: February, 2015

Taming inflation

In the 1980s inflation was an economic curse. Prices were rising about 10 percent each year and the purchasing power of money dropped alarmingly. Mortgage interest rates were averaging 14 percent a year, reaching as high as 17 percent in 1989; and rising wages forced prices up even more. Although those days are now just […]

Councillor finds four-legged friend at pound

PERFECT MATCH: Ararat Rural City Council local laws officer Ricky Bowen and Cr Glenda McLean, with her new dog Mimi.

A success story at Ararat Rural City Council’s pound has led to Cr Glenda McLean adopting the newest four-legged member to her family. What started as a short conversation at the council’s customer service counter about council staff explaining their role in assisting the animal rescue efforts turned into a successful adoption. Cr Mclean visited […]

Mine study wins council award

A study into the future for Stawell Gold Mine’s site that led to plans for an international scientific laboratory has earned Northern Grampians Shire Council its second major award in three months. New Discoveries – Golden Opportunities for Stawell’s Future won an Innovative Management Category at 2015 LGPro Awards for Excellence. The award follows acknowledgement […]

CEO and agency part ways

Wimmera Uniting Care Board of Governance has appointed Leeanne Thomson as acting chief executive after Ian Hook resigned last week. Board chairperson Pam Clarke said Mr Hook’s departure was the result of a mutual agreement after he spent six weeks with the community services organisation. She said the board felt Mr Hook was not the […]

Soldiers’ stories

HISTORY IN WORDS: Margaret Beattie with her book about soldiers from Mt Cole and Warrak district, which will be officially launched at Warrak Hall on March 15.

The stories of young soldiers from the Mt Cole and Warrak district, east of Ararat, feature in a new book called Mt Cole/Warrak – the War Years 1914-18. The book, by Margaret Beattie, will have an official launch at Warrak Hall at 1.30pm on March 15. The tiny district provided 50 young volunteers, the sons […]

Tickets for Glenorchy event

Tickets for a Festival of Small Halls event at Glenorchy on March 11 are available from  Glenorchy Hall, Northern Grampians Shire Council offices in Stawell or online at   Get the full story in the February 25, 2015 edition of The Weekly Advertiser. READ IT ONLINE HERE!

Government money to assist councils

Wimmera councils will receive more than $31 million from the Federal Government for roads and general infrastructure upgrade in 2014-15. The latest government figures show that Northern Grampians Shire Council will be the biggest winners – receiving a total of $6,560,687 in financial assistance grants. Northern Grampians will receive $3,918,950 for general purpose and $2,641,737 […]

Oh happy day

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Friends, from left, Erin Baldwin, Maddison Cook and Ella Lakin, aged 14, show off big smiles at St Brigid College’s annual swimming carnival in Horsham. The blistering heat didn’t deter the girls from enthusiastically competing and cheering for their school house, Tara.  Picture: BONNIE SEVERIN

Performer in Ararat

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Canadian songstress Ruth Moody will perform in Ararat Hotel’s Red Room from 8pm tonight as part of an Ararat Live schedule. She has performed at sold-out venues around the world, made critically-acclaimed albums and has been a guest several times on American radio show A Prairie Home Companion. Patrons will play $20 to watch tonight’s […]

City offers new mobile service

Horsham Rural City Council has launched a new mobile application or ‘app’ to help people get in touch with council staff and access services. Council media and communications officer Lise Eagan Bales said the new app offered tools to help make Horsham residents and visitors lives easier. “A wide range of council information and services […]


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