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Groups vow to help protect Grampians rock art sites

LEARNING: Archaeologist Ben Gunn, far right, with members of Friends of Grampians Gariwerd who attended his talk on Aboriginal rock art at a site in Black Range State Park.Picture: COLIN MacGILLIVRAY

Rock climbers, archaeologists and other Grampians and Black Range parks users have acknowledged a need to work more closely with each other to protect Aboriginal rock art in the area.

Stawell leading the way in dark matter research

WORLD-LEADING RESEARCH: Minister for Education Dan Tehan with Stawell Mayor Kevin Erwin. MP Tehan announced three separate funds for Northern Grampians Shire, including $5-million for Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory. Picture: LOTTE REITER

Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory, SUPL, researchers hope to solve at least one big mystery by investigating the existence of dark matter after confirmation of $5-million in backing from the Federal Government.

Bureau provides Rainbow radar insights

Accurately tracking the real-time path of insects as well as rain, hail and smoke will be among capabilities of a new multi-million-dollar radar station near Rainbow. The new station between Jeparit and Rainbow will be able to pinpoint approaching particles in the air and provide critical information for everyone from farmers to emergency service personnel. […]

First fish stock for Hopetoun’s Willow Lake

Hopetoun district anglers will have fresh angling opportunities in the future with an inaugural stocking of golden perch for new Willow Lake.  Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive Travis Dowling said creating new fisheries and stocking more native fish was a key commitment of the State Government’s $27-million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more […]

Baby plan for Halls Gap Zoo

FATHER TO BE: Halls Gap Zoo’s southern white rhino Kifaru will be swapped with another bull at Werribee to meet three potential mates. The move is part of a rhino-breeding program aiming to conserve population numbers.

Halls Gap Zoo has a ‘very strong’ chance of welcoming a special new member to its extended family within the next few years.

Kealy fires broadside on roads

A ‘shambolic mess’ is how Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described the State Government’s handling of road maintenance across Victoria. Ms Kealy said the Labor government, in voting down a plan to direct more state revenue towards fixing roads, was an example of misplaced priorities. “The Liberal-Nationals wanted to increase the amount of money […]

Clear recycling message a must

A regional waste co-ordinating group has assured the community it is continuing to work with municipal councils to provide a clear message around what people can and can not recycle. Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group executive officer La Vergne Lehmann said reducing contamination from recycled waste was a challenge. But it demanded […]

Environment flow to keep fish alive

An environmental flow has started in the upper Mt William Creek between Lake Fyans and Lake Lonsdale to maintain an indigenous fish population in the waterway. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority is releasing water for the environment into a section of the drying reach of the creek. It is only the third time the authority has […]

Natives feast on noxious species good news for Wimmera River fishing

Bruce MacInnes traps a carp from a display tank at the Horsham Fishing Competition.

By DEAN LAWSON Catch results at Horsham Fishing Competition have revealed a surprising downturn in carp domination of the Wimmera River in the region’s capital. Regional catchment leader David Brennan said the size, number and types of fish caught in the contest had again provided important and encouraging information about river characteristics and health. He […]

Wetland closures for duck-hunting season opening

Authorities have included lakes near Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and Donald among wetland closures for the opening of duck-hunting season this weekend. Lake Lonsdale near Stawell and Round Lake near Donald are completely off limits to hunting and Lake Bolac south of Ararat and Pine Lake, southeast of Horsham, are only open to shoreline hunting. Restrictions […]

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