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St Marys sets the sustainable pace

REWARD: Dirt Girl and Costa the Garden Gnome congratulate Willaura Primary School students Sophie Walker, Max Jenkinson and Carl Phillips.

St Marys Catholic Primary School at Warracknabeal is ResourceSmart Schools School of the Year for the region. The school won the award during ResourceSmart Schools celebrations at Longerenong College. It also won an energy-section award, ranked as a five-star school – the highest ranking in the program – and will receive a ‘special buddy’ bench […]

Wimmera comet viewing

The wide expanses of the Wimmera will provide amateur astronomers with a front-row seat to the brightest comet to appear in the night sky this year. The ‘Christmas comet’, officially called 46P/Wirtanen, will make its closest approach to earth late at night on Sunday. The comet, in the north-east sky, is clearly visible with binoculars […]

Little Desert milestone

December marks the 50th anniversary since the declaration of the Little Desert National Park. To mark the milestone, Victorian National Parks Association has created a podcast documenting the 1960s political dispute that ended in the protection of the unique area. The protection of the Little Desert also marked a political turning point for nature conservation and community consultation […]

Grampians shine at annual tourism awards

Grampians businesses and attractions have again performed strongly at RACV Victorian Tourism Awards. Regular top performer, Dunkeld’s Royal Mail Hotel, led the way for the Grampians, winning two gold medals. Other Grampians enterprises also enjoyed wins at Melboune’s Crown Casino, with Golton in the Gap, Autopia Tours, Auswalk and Parks Victoria also claiming gold. Grampians […]

Wimmera River Challenge success

Organisers are thrilled with the success of the biggest ever Wimmera River Challenge at the weekend and expect the event to continue to grow. The event was at Dimboola’s Riverside Holiday Park, with about 300 members of the Wimmera’s indigenous community as well as community organisations and groups taking part. A corporate challenge was hosted […]

Lake Wallace Algae warning lifted

Authorities have lifted a blue-green algae warning for Lake Wallace at Edenhope. Repeated testing from GWM Water has shown the water is again safe for recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. GWMWater is regularly monitoring the water in Lake Wallace, as well as other recreational lakes across the region. The entire […]

VIDEO| Watch as the first Murra Warra wind turbine blade snakes its way through Nhill

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WIND CATCHER: Transport operators navigate one of the many mighty propeller blades destined for Murra Warra Wind Farm tower through the Wimmera at Dimboola. Construction of the latest renewable energy power station is well underway at the farm on the Kalkee plains between Horsham and Warracknabeal. Each blade shipped from China to Australia measures 70.5 […]

Fresh future likely for Little Desert Nature Lodge

A unique and iconic Wimmera environmental attraction near Nhill appears set to retain its role as a tourist resort and wildlife sanctuary. Prospective buyers of Little Desert Nature Lodge at Winiam plan to continue to operate the lodge as an eco-tourism venture, guaranteeing a legacy established by Wimpey and Maureen Reichelt in 1969. Driscoll, McIllree […]

Horsham Rural City Council seeks help on Pit 23

Municipal leaders fear the Horsham community might be left with the costs of managing and monitoring a controversial mining waste pit at Douglas. Horsham Rural City Council is worried that without State Government intervention, it will ultimately and inappropriately find itself responsible for Iluka Rescources’ Pit 23. Despite arrangements in place to meet pit-management requirements, […]

Upgrades for e-waste disposal in Stawell, St Arnaud

Stawell and St Arnaud transfer stations will receive $100,000 upgrades through Sustainability Victoria’s E-waste Infrastructure Grants Program. With the State Government banning the disposal of e-waste to landfill from July 1, 2019, the grants will allow councils to construct enclosed sheds for transfer stations to receive and safely manage rising volumes of e-waste. The term […]


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