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Archive for: September, 2016

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Western Bulldogs tragic and MIXX FM musical director Paul Fidler, left, couldn’t help but pull out the colours as his beloved team heads into its first AFL-VFL grand-final appearance in 55 years. He is pictured with ACE Radio Horsham general manager Scott Grambau, who played with Footscray junior teams in the early 1980s. The Bulldogs […]

Headspace coup for Horsham

READY FOR MOVE: From left, Janine Harfield, Wimmera Health Care Group, Josh Koenig, Wimmera Uniting Care, Jo-Anne Bates, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, Caleb Lourensz, Grampians Community Health and Steph Purcell, Wimmera Uniting Care prepare for the arrival of Headspace Horsham. Picture: KELLY LAIRD

Young people in the Wimmera experiencing mental-health problems will have access to the nation’s leading support service by the end of the year. Headspace Horsham, to be in a former Dick Smith building on Hamilton Street, Horsham, will open its doors to the public shortly after Christmas. Refurbishment works on the building are scheduled to […]

Hindmarsh building large water body

By DEAN LAWSON Catchment leaders monitoring floodwater in the Wimmera River believe the massive expanse of Lake Hindmarsh at Jeparit might get to hold a quarter of its capacity with more spring rain. They said any more ‘reasonable’ flows in the river caused by heavy rain forecast for the catchment this week would pour straight […]

Daylight savings to start

Working people cross the region will have an extra hour of light to explore outdoor sporting and social activities with the return of Daylight Saving Time on Sunday morning. The official change-over from Eastern Standard Time is at 2am. The arrival of daylight savings, while unwelcome by some livestock-farming communities, is critical for summer sport […]

Ararat dog-leash laws

Ararat Rural City Council local laws team has reminded the community of a need to keep dogs on a lead in built-up areas. Local laws team leader Lyndon Turner said the local law was in place to ensure public safety and so everyone could exercise their dog in safety. “The reminder is timely given some […]

Community mapping online

Northern Grampians Shire Council has joined five other regional councils to launch an online community mapping system. The system gives residents access to location-specific information including waste and recycling collection dates, school bus routes, planning information, councillors, and places of interest. Chief executive officer Michael Bailey said the site would prove useful for many Northern […]

Business invite for Paint Town Purple

The years of discipline, performance, make-up and fun involved in regional calisthenics are continuing to pay off for rising musical-theatre talent Grace O’Donnell-Clancy. The former Horsham Calisthenics College student, 22, who has been pursuing a passion for singing and dancing since she was a toddler, has won her first lead role in a major Melbourne […]

Kealy: Public holiday pain

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy believes small businesses and regional communities are ‘enduring’ the damaging impact of new public holidays. Ms Kealy made the call as an AFL Grand Final holiday weekend approaches. Last year the State Government introduced two new public holidays – on Easter Sunday and the day before the AFL grand final, […]

Staley calls for ‘stranglehold’ release

Member for Ripon Louise Staley has called on Premier Daniel Andrews to release regional businesses from his AFL grand-final eve public holiday ‘stranglehold’. She made the call based on a Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry report on the affects of the holiday. Ms Staley said the report found 74 percent of businesses were shutting […]

Candidates, take a bow

By DEAN LAWSON We take our hats off to the people across our region who have nominated to sit on local government councils. Just when we thought we might struggle to find enough people to have a dip at grass-roots leadership, surely one of the toughest gigs to get right, people have been willing to […]

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