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Help wanted for Project Platypus plant-out

Project Platypus Landcare network is looking for tree-planting volunteers for Sunday plant-outs in July. This year project leaders are asking people to help plant more than 60,000 seedlings to help revegetate the landscape and farmland in the Wimmera’s upper catchment. The plant-out seedlings include tree and understorey plant species to help create future habitat corridors […]

Concern over solar scheme

A series of calls from regional residents confused over a Victorian solar-panel rebate scheme has prompted Member for Lowan Emma Kealy to raise the issue with Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio. Ms Kealy said she raised the issue in State Parliament in response to people who had been waiting weeks, ‘and in some cases months’, to […]

Cross-border collaboration

Regional development leaders from Victoria’s southwest and South Australia’s eastern regions have started discussions on ways to build cross-border collaboration and economic development opportunities. Regional Development Australia committee representatives raised the issue during a meeting with Victorian Cross Border Commissioner Luke Wilson at Edenhope. Attendees at the gathering represented Grampians, Barwon South West, Limestone Coast, […]

Ararat e-waste ban reminder

Ararat municipal leaders have joined a local government chorus in reminding residents that a state ban on dumping electronic waste into landfill will come into effect from July 1. Ararat Rural City Council has stressed that e-waste, which includes any item that has an electrical cord, plug or uses batteries to operate, was growing three […]

Dimboola coach parking set to change

People catching coaches in Dimboola are set to have different pick-up and drop-off points because of construction work of a new library. Hindmarsh Shire Council mayor Ron Ismay said a proposal would be that east-bound coaches would use a bus zone in Lloyd Street, next to Lochiel Street, and west-bound coaches Lochiel Street, next to […]

Wimmera River rubbish dumper convicted

A Horsham man has been fined $3000 and ordered to pay clean-up costs after being convicted of dumping rubbish into the Wimmera River earlier this year. Horsham Rural City Council successfully prosecuted the 20-year-old in the Horsham Magistrates’ Court on Monday. Magistrate Peter Dunn said he could have imprisoned the man for the offence and […]

Anne Webster wins Mallee seat after close call

Preference vote counting for the federal division of Mallee has all but confirmed Anne Webster will maintain the seat for the Nationals. The elimination process involving 13 candidates left Dr Webster and Labor’s Carole Hart in the running with preferences from third place getter – the Liberals Serge Petrovich – likely to shore up a […]

Horsham opens cancer centre

Jo Johns, centre, with members of her family. Jo's husband Don was instrumental in getting the Wimmera Cancer Centre up and going.

Benefits ranging from clinical-service efficiencies to emotional support for patients and families underpinned a broad message at an official opening of the multi-million-dollar Wimmera Cancer Centre. Speakers at a Horsham gathering included medical specialists and project leaders as well as cancer survivors and figureheads. All had a similar message – the centre represented a major […]

Police roads push for Operation Regal to continue

Police will continue a heavy winter enforcement presence on Wimmera roads after a busy Operation Regal during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Coalition calls for crossbench support on fire-fighting restructure

Western Victorian Coalition MPs are strongly urging Upper House crossbench members to reject a bill designed to restructure fire-fighting services across the state. Member for Lowan Emma Kealy and Member for Ripon Louise Staley joined Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell, Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan and upper-house Member for Western Victoria Beverley McArthur […]

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