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PHOTOS | Rain fails to dampen youth festival

Stephanie Castleman at Horsham Youth Festival at Sawyer Park.

EVERYBODY BOUNCE: Max Sudholz failed to let light rain on Sunday dampen his enthusiasm for activities at a Horsham Youth Festival at Sawyer Park. The twilight event, presented by Horsham Rural City Council to correspond with National Youth Week, featured a variety of entertainment and activities. Council youth engagement and planning officer Annie Mintern said […]

Mitch Creek set for homecoming

Mitch Creek at Horsham Basketball Stadium on Wednesday with former coach Owen Hughan and Mitch's father Jeff.

Fresh from his debut season in the United States’ National Basketball Association, star Horsham athlete Mitch Creek will return home for a visit next month. Creek will be in Horsham on May 10, where he will run clinics for Horsham Amateur Basketball Association, HABA, players and catch up with family, friends and fans. He will […]

World-class pilots for Nhill air show

Nhill Air Show plans have had a major boost with confirmation aerobatics pilot and entertainer Paul Bennet will bring his world-class aerobatics team to the show. Internationally renowned Paul Bennet Airshows is managing the November 2 event, which will celebrate the centenary of aviation at Nhill. Mr Bennet has clocked up more than 5000 display-related […]

New role for Hugh Delahunty

Former Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty of Horsham has joined Sport Australia’s management board. Mr Delahunty, a former Victorian Sports Minister and long-term advocate of the role sport plays in health and fitness, accepted the Federal Government appointment. Sport Australia is the country’s national sports advisory agency, helping provide the Federal Government with direction with […]

Wimmera fire brigades ready to give to Good Friday Appeal

FILL IT UP: Left, Amber Ramsdell and Lexi Cooper with Ararat Fire Brigade members Jordan Cooper, Jeydon Nancarrow, Rob Starick, Peter Cooper, Rhonda Wall, Greg Taylor and Daniel Ramsdell Ararat will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its involvement with the appeal this year and hopes to break a cumulative $1-million dollar donation total.

A tantalising one-million-dollar donation-target hangs above the heads of the Ararat community as it prepares for its 50th annual Good Friday Appeal.

Naked Farmer money for Flying Doctor

The Royal Flying Doctors Service has an extra $17,228 to spend on its mental-health programs after a unique money-raising effort from Wimmera farmer Ben Brooksby. Mr Brooksby, creator of The Naked Farmer, presented a cheque to the service earlier this month in support of its Flying Doctor Wellbeing program. His donation will aid the expansion […]

Kealy frustration over power issue

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy expects western Victorians to be shocked to see their next power bills featuring a new charge for ‘off-setting’ the costs of sourcing ‘alternative’ power. Ms Kealy said Wimmera people would be as annoyed as any at the charge, which she claimed was a reflection of how Premier Daniel Andrews was […]

Relief money to benefit Ararat

Emergency relief services in Ararat will benefit from $88,000 in Federal Government funding during the next four years.  Member for Wannon Dan Tehan said funding for Ararat Emergency Relief would the group to continue support for wide range of groups in and around Ararat.  “I am happy to see this funding go to Ararat Emergency […]

Staley: Ararat trains far from good enough

Member Ripon and shadow state treasurer Louise Staley has described trains carrying passengers between Ararat and Melbourne as ‘slow and unreliable’. She said conditions were getting worse under the Andrews Labor government. Ms Staley said V/Line figures reflected poor passenger services for Ararat line commuters with 78.1 percent running on time last month, falling short […]

Webster wants activist penalties

Nationals candidate for Mallee Anne Webster has called for tougher penalties for people who trespass on private land to harass farming communities.  Ms Webster said farmers worked hard in often unforgiving conditions, such as the latest dry spell, to ensure crops and their animals were taken care of and Australians could have food on their […]

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