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Horsham volleyball side wins silver


Horsham College open boys team members have finished their school representative careers with a silver medal. Having competed every year of their secondary school years at the national event the boys finished with an impressive three gold and two silver medals. The only year they missed out was when they competed in the Honors division […]

Horsham comes alive with cricket legends


The Australian Cricketers’ Association Masters Tour will visit Horsham for one day of fast-paced Twenty20 cricket. Horsham Rural City is supporting the ACA Masters Tour in March next year, the 10th regional tour undertaken by the association. While the ACA is unable to confirm the full team at this stage, the Masters team will include […]

Wool prices lift as global economic recovery gathers pace

A recent lift in wool prices is likely to be sustained in the short to medium term, according to a recently released industry note from Rabobank. While prices have picked up from the three-year lows experienced in early 2009, it said the extent of the rise would be determined by the pace at which the […]

Wimmera wetlands in state study


The south-west Wimmera is under the microscope as part of a Victoria-wide study into the condition of wetlands. More than 70 of about 750 wetlands undergoing health checks across the state are in the Wimmera’s unique wetland country. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority has been analysing Wimmera wetlands for the Department of Sustainability and Environment’s ‘statewide […]

Hill climb success

Ararat Car Club’s second annual hill climb event has been hailed a success despite tricky driving conditions. The event attracted competitors from all across Victoria and South Australia and quality racing was produced by all competitors. For the second year running Kevin Mackrell won individual honours, claiming the hallowed King of the Hill award after […]

Cr Allgood serves fifth term


Ararat Rural City Council last week re-elected councillor Gwenda Allgood as mayor. The result marks Cr Allgood’s fifth term as mayor. The Ararat resident was elected unopposed, with councillor Andrea Marian elected as deputy mayor. Cr Allgood was first elected to council in 1982, going on to serve mayoral terms in 1998/89, 2001/2001, 2002/2003, 2008/2009 […]

New bus trial service closes the great divide

An intense six-week trial bus service from Ararat to Maryborough – via Elmhurst, Amphitheatre and Avoca – will be held from December 21 to January 29, closing the great divide between the two major regional centres. The bus service, which will run each Monday and Friday, will also provide Ararat and district public transport users […]

Wiggles beam in with live concert


Wimmera fans of world-famous children’s entertainers The Wiggles can see their skivvy-wearing heroes in action this weekend. Horsham Centre Cinemas and Ararat’s Astor Cinema are presenting The Wiggles’ Big Big Show In The Round live via satellite from Sydney’s Acer Arena this Sunday at 1pm. New digital satellite technology allows the local cinemas to screen […]

Teachers benefit from sustainable training


Teachers have described a sustainability-based education forum at Halls Gap as inspiring, engaging and motivating. Their response has delighted organisers who ran the Wimmera Education for Sustainability Conference to provide teachers with support, ideas, resources and motivation. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority community education officer Bronwyn Bant said the ‘too-good-to-miss’ reaction showed the event was worthwhile. […]

Have your say on public housing

Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty is urging residents of western Victoria to make written submissions to the State Government inquiry into the adequacy and future directions of public housing in Victoria. The Nationals member said the inquiry would explore public housing waiting lists, the impact of waiting times to access public housing, the adequacy, quality […]


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