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PHOTOS: Wimmera Poultry Club auction a success

Allan Moyle with his barne velder at Wimmera Poultry Club auction.

AUCTION: Wimmera Poultry Club welcomed people from across Victoria and interstate to its annual auction at its poultry pavilion at Horsham Showground on Sunday. Show secretary Brendan Lloyd said the auction featured a large variety of birds. Allan Moyle is pictured with his barnevelder chicken. Pictures: PAUL CARRACHER The entire April 18, 2018 edition of […]

New male found in Zumsteins platypus survey

Researchers surveying the Mackenzie River in the Grampians for platypus last week discovered an adult male at Zumsteins, which had previously avoided capture. Wildlife ecologist Josh Griffiths was keen to recapture a juvenile female they named Maddie last year, or any others, especially juveniles, but the platypuses remained elusive. The monitoring is part of a […]

Bird activity project at Watchem Lake

Eagle-eyed residents will hone their bird-watching and bird-photography skills as part of a new Wimmera-Mallee wetland project. Renowned bird expert Jonathan Starks and professional photographer Jenny Stephens are leading a bird-watching and photography session at Watchem Lake today as part of a launch of a north-east Wimmera and southern Mallee wetlands community monitoring program. The […]

Landcare and harmony celebrated at Horsham Town Hall

IN HARMONY: From left, Wimmera Catchment Management Authority chairman Peter Hilbig, nature sound recordist Andrew Skeoch, Wimmera Landcare advocate Rae Talbot and Brisbane-based biologist and author Tim Low share their experiences during a Celebrating Landcare and National Harmony Day at Horsham Town Hall. Barengi Gadjin Land Council and Wimmera Catchment Management Authority hosted the event, […]

Multi-million-dollar Wimmera River

A study into the value of water has revealed the Wimmera River contributed $4.75-million to the regional economy in 2017, with fishing competitions providing major boosts. Last year’s Labour Day weekend Horsham Fishing Competition injected about $400,000 into the region and Jeparit’s Easter event, $144,000. The Weekly Advertiser and radio stations 3WM and MIXX FM […]

Financial go-ahead for Kalkee turbines

Wind blowing across the Kalkee plains north of Horsham will be generating energy to power the equivalent of 220,000 households by the middle of next year. That’s the planning schedule for the first stage of a Murra Warra Wind Farm after the shoring up of financial details for the multi-million dollar project. Renewable Energy Systems […]

Hindmarsh plant-out to target far west

Woodland and wetland sites in west Wimmera will be the target of Hindmarsh Landcare Network’s Project Hindmarsh plant-out. Network facilitator Jonathan Starks confirmed this year’s annual plant-out, involving volunteers from across Victoria, would be based in Kaniva. He said the plant-out would be from July 6 to 8, with an aim to attract cross-border support. […]

Tim Low to celebrate birds at Wimmera Landcare and Harmony Day event

When internationally renowned Brisbane-based biologist and author Tim Low speaks about birds in Horsham today, listeners can expect stories of song, beauty and intelligence. Mr Low, author of Where Song Began, is keynote speaker at a Wimmera Landcare and Harmony Day event in Horsham Town Hall. The free event, Celebrating Landcare and National Harmony Day, […]

Tim Flannery to speak at Natimuk on Good Friday

Internationally acclaimed writer, scientist, explorer and conservationist Tim Flannery will speak at a Natimuk Community Energy gathering at Natimuk Soldiers Memorial Hall on Good Friday, March 30. Mr Flannery will join in celebrating the community energy group’s projects and talk on ‘Rising to the climate challenge through empowering communities’. Organisers have described Professor Flannery’s lecture […]

Northern Grampians Shire Council backs Halls Gap Zoo project

Zoo keeper Kellie Howes feeds giraffes at Halls Gap Zoo.

Halls Gap Zoo will become western Victoria’s landmark tourist attraction if Northern Grampians Shire Council has its way. The council is working closely with owners of the popular zoo to seek State Government funding for a major transformation of the site. Plans involve a detailed feasibility study and business case to redevelop the zoo, with […]


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