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VIDEO | $20-million plan for Western Highway

Tony Driscoll, Kevin Erwin, Pam Clarke, Luke Donnellan and Mal Kersting at Westerm Highway announcement in Stawell.

By SARAH SCULLY Wimmera leaders have welcomed a $20-million Western Highway upgrade to improve road safety between Stawell and the South Australian border. Redevelopment of a key Horsham intersection is among major works for the project, due to be completed in late 2020. Horsham Rural City mayor Pam Clarke said she was pleased to see […]

Wimmera solar farms move ahead

Horsham Rural City mayor Pam Clarke hopes the green lighting of two major solar farms set to generate almost 300 jobs in the region is the tip of the iceberg.

Australia Day awards | Ian Walter and Dustin Cross making a difference

HUMBLED: Dustin Cross and Ian Walter are Horsham Rural City’s 2018 Australia Day Award winners.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Horsham’s latest Australia Day award winners are strong believers they get more out of volunteering than what they put in.

Money to grow Grampians and Pyrenees wineries

Grampians and Pyrenees wineries will share in a $200,000 State Government boost to help grow tourism and cellar door sales. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announced the government would help further 10 projects in the region as part of its Wine Growth Fund. The fund aims to develop and sustainably grow the wine industry in Victoria […]

AgLife: Growers part of cricket history

Australia’s wool industry is putting its shoulder behind Australian cricket as part of a Flock to Baggy Green project. The Woolmark Company, manufacturer Kookaburra and Cricket Australia have joined forces for the project, which involves inviting wool growers from across Australia to donate some of their wool for Australia’s iconic Baggy Green caps. Woolmark will […]

AgLife: Very good, good, bad, ugly – the mixed bag of Wimmera harvest

Victorian farmer leaders assessing the overall western Victorian grains harvest will start turning their attention south after confirmation of ‘mixed-bag’ results across much of the Wimmera.

Survey reveals positive sentiment

Despite anxiety over late widespread frost and crop-damaging storms, a statewide bank survey has suggested farmers across Victoria are looking to 2018 with optimism. Rabobank’s quarterly Rural Confidence Survey has reported strong positive sentiment across all agricultural sectors, in particular sheep and dairy industries. The survey, completed last month, has also shown Victoria retaining its […]

Growing beer opportunities for Wimmera and Mallee

A regional development leader is confident the Wimmera and southern Mallee are primed to ‘tap in’ to Australia’s evolving micro-brewing industry.

Christmas ‘wish list’ for Wimmera-Mallee farmers hoping for ‘normal’ summer weather

Agriculture minister Jaala Pulford inspects a frosted wheat crop Langi Logan south of Ararat with farmers Bruce McKay and Andy Laidlaw. Farmers are hoping for 'normal' summer conditions following months of uncertainty.

Three weeks of traditional dry, warm and ‘generally normal’ summer conditions sit at the top of a Wimmera farming Christmas wish list as the region picks up the pieces from a month of uncertainty.

Weather uncertainty confirms need for Wimmera-southern Mallee radar

Uncertainty surrounding the extent and potential impact of last week’s rain has galvanised belief in the need for enhanced real-time weather-radar services in the region.

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