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Archive for: January, 2018

Ararat highway group calls on minister Richard Wynne to intervene in route dispute

An Ararat district lobby group angry at Vic-Roads’ handling of community concerns about the latest construction stage of a Western Highway dual carriageway project wants Planning Minister Richard Wynne to intervene.

Horsham PAWS orphan Maisy loving new home after tough start to life

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Myah, Romy and Jaya Meadows with Maisy, which they adopted from Horsham PAWS. Romy said meeting Maisy made the sisters realise how many kittens needed homes. People who would like to adopt a cat or kitten can learn more about the process by talking to a Horsham PAWS representative at Horsham PetStock on Sunday.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

When the Meadows girls met Maisy during a visit to Horsham PAWS’ kitten enclosure, it was a case of love at first sight. Romy, 13, said she and her sisters Jaya, 10, and Myah, 7, immediately knew she was the one. “She was so tiny, small and precious,” she said. “We instantly fell in love […]

Heat hammers Wimmera water storages

The impact of oppressively hot weather on water supplies across the region has provided a clear example of the benefits of the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline.

Major award for Horsham pianist Ethan McRae

Horsham musician Ethan McRae, 19, has won national recognition for his prowess as a pianist. The Australian Music Examinations Board, AMEB, has awarded Mr McRae with the Licentiate in Music, Australia or LMusA. The LMusA is one of Australia’s most prestigious musical industry awards, with a national pass rate including only about 10 percent of […]

Horsham council uses drones to drive corellas from city

Horsham Rural City Council is working with a regional drone-aircraft operator to help move corellas out of the city.  The latest technology allows drone operators to follow corella flight patterns, observe their behaviour and encourage them to move from locations in the city where they gather. A trial using the technology has started in Horsham.  […]

Makeover to create Stawell community space

The former service station site in Stawell’s Main Street will undergo a transformation into a multi-purpose space aimed at hosting a range of community events. Northern Grampians Shire Council has scheduled the project to be finished by Easter 2018. Planners finalised details for the redevelopment last week and plans reveal open grassed areas, shade provided […]

Nhill primed for fabulous fiestas

Nhill’s Fabulous February Fiestas are back again with organisers promising the events to be bigger and better than ever. The events at Nhill Lake have become an integral part of the west Wimmera summer events calendar. The opening week events on Friday will feature long-time Wimmera performer Dave McMaster and his ‘bag-pipe rock ’n’ roll’. […]

AgLife: Cara Hadzig’s passion for farm safety

RECOGNITION: Murra Warra’s Cara  Hadzig is a finalist for the 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Cara Hadzig of Murra Warra, north of Horsham, is one of three Victorian finalists for a 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award. The selection recognises the mother of two and former award-winning agricultural student for her contribution to regional Victoria. The award celebrates leadership and innovation throughout rural and regional Victoria, including the $13.1-billion agriculture sector.  […]

Lily D’Ambrosio launches Kiata Wind Farm

An official launch of a $77-million Kiata Wind Farm has reflected the Wimmera’s potential as a major contributor in Victoria’s push for a renewable-energy future. It has also revealed the opportunity that renewable-energy production provides for economic growth in the region. Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio in visiting the Kiata site for […]

EDITORIAL: Keep ‘thinking big’

At first look, a project to develop a Networked Grains Centre of Excellence or agricultural ‘innovation cluster’ across the Wimmera and southern Mallee is hard to grasp. It is, after all, a concept that apart from an administration hub involves a broad region and many rural centres working collectively for a common cause. Some have […]


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