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Archive for: February, 2016

Sitting on their hands

Sir – Through your column I would like to point out to Member for Lowan Emma Kealy that her predecessor sat on his hands in a safe seat for years. To complain now at a lack of interest by Premier Daniel Andrews does nothing but irritate me. However, I do have another view – on […]

Chaplain’s mental health mission to Stawell

Sports Chaplaincy Australia motorsports chaplain and mental health advocate Mark Bateman works on the motto ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. “What mate worth his salt wouldn’t want to do that if he had the chance?” he said. Mr Bateman will host three ‘Life Care and Suicide Prevention’ sessions in Stawell at the weekend. […]

Renewable energy could be the new gold rush

EDITORIAL: It would have been hard to predict a decade ago, but renewable power generation appears poised to take its place alongside agriculture as a major primary industry in the region.

Vietnam veterans’ honour

The sister of a Kaniva soldier killed in Vietnam has thanked Wimmera residents for paying tribute to her brother and his fallen comrades.

Dimboola footballers go back to basics in 2016

LOOKING AHEAD: Dimboola coach Hamish Exell is instilling a play-for-each-other culture at the Roos. Below, ruckman Justin Chilver will again be a key player for the Roos. Pictures: WILLAMY IMAGES

FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN: Dimboola football leaders will have a simple philosophy as they work on the building blocks to provide the club with longevity and success into the future.

Rain will not be enough to meet environmental needs

An independent statutory body trying to buy water for the Wimmera River has warned that even the onset of wet weather this year is unlikely to meet environmental needs of the waterways. Victorian Environmental Water Holder, VEWH, confirmed it was continuing its hunt for 10,000 megalitres in the region, aimed at providing environmental respite for […]

German festival to evolve this year

Positive feedback coupled with the ideas and suggestions of patrons have prompted organisers of a Wimmera German Fest to plan for a ‘bigger and better’ event next year. Event spokesman Peter Daffy confirmed this year’s festival would be at Horsham Showground on October 22. “We had a lot of feedback from patrons from our inaugural […]

Dimboola A Grade undergoes shake-up ahead of 2016 season

NETBALL COUNTDOWN: Dimboola netball has undergone a resurgence in Wimmera Netball Association, with A Grade building itself up from the depths of the ladder to become a genuine finals contender.

Apprentice skill needs a focus for minister

Training and Skills Minister Steve Herbert has used a tour of education and training providers in Horsham district to discuss the skill needs of apprentices, trainees and students. During the visit, Mr Herbert met apprentices from group training organisation Skillinvest, one of many training organisations set to benefit from a $9.3-million State Government boost to […]

Challenge grows in Febfast

Several Grampians Community Health staff members have chosen to give up something addictive in February to improve their long-term health and wellbeing. Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce co-ordinator Sally Pymer, alcohol and other drugs outreach counsellor Laura Lourensz and alcohol and other drugs team leader Caleb Lourensz have committed to FebFast, a month-long health challenge and […]

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