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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.

Maritime Safety Victoria puts water safety in spotlight

ADVICE: Horsham boat owner Bob Kirsopp, right, checks his life vest with Maritime Safety Victoria’s John Chittick during an information session at Horsham Weir. Fellow boating safety officers Ron Sproal and Sam Stevens also attended the visit. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Wimmera people learnt important information about staying safe by the water during a visit from Maritime Safety Victoria boating safety officers. Officers answered water safety questions and provided advice during a visit to Horsham. The officers also ran checks on lifejackets and boating requirements. Horsham Rural City Council technical services director John Martin said the […]

Emma Kealy calls for funding to avert potential fire risk

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has called on the State Government to take urgent action to fund the slashing of roadsides across the region. Ms Kealy said the fire risk posed by vegetation growing on roadsides was a major concern to residents. “I have been contacted by a number of residents who are concerned about […]

Drinking water for Mallee towns

Residents of Mallee townships of Brim, Beulah, Sea Lake and Woomelang are set to receive a drinking water supply by the end of 2018. GWMWater managing director Mark Williams said work on a new 132-kilometre pipeline would start early this year. The pipeline will run from Warracknabeal to Sea Lake, via Brim, Beulah, Hopetoun and […]

Country’s best are set to soar over the Wimmera | part two

Some of the country’s best pilots will contest the World FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series leg at Horsham Aerodrome from January 22 to 28. We continue our profiles of some of the competitors for this year’s event. Geoff Brown Geoff Brown joined the Royal Australian Air Force in February 1980 after completing an engineering degree. […]

Horsham ready for world gliding grand prix

Country’s best are set to soar over the Wimmera, part 1 Country’s best are set to soar over the Wimmera, part 2 Some of Australia’s best glider pilots will descend on Horsham at the weekend to compete in the ninth World FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series. The sailplane event will kick off a massive three […]

Ararat road damage

Ararat Rural City Council staff are repairing damage to sealed roads in the municipality. During the past month, several sealed roads have deteriorated, resulting in ‘major potholes’ forming. Council staff have attributed the deterioration to increased heavy vehicle movements associated with harvest and the traffic detours in place due to VicRoads’ bridgeworks at Rossbridge. The […]

Grants available for fire brigade support

Volunteer firefighting brigades in the Wimmera, Mallee and Grampians can apply for grants of up to $250,000 to improve equipment and facilities. Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said Country Fire Authority leaders would administer the $10-million State Government program. She said the program would support vital volunteer brigade equipment and facility upgrades, as well […]

Prepare for hot weather this week

Ella Janetzki and Remi Hateley enjoy icy-poles at the Wimmera River.

The AMA is warning people to stay out of the sun, and drink plenty of water with severe heatwaves forecast across the Wimmera this week. Temperatures are expected to stay in the high 30s and into the 40s from tomorrow until at least Saturday in the Wimmera with Thursday, 42C, and Friday, 44C, the hottest. […]

Fish flourish from flows

Researchers have discovered a spike in Wimmera native fish numbers including a rapid spread of the previously declining Southern Pygmy Perch from the Grampians all the way to Horsham. Wet conditions during the past two years, combined with regular environmental flows, have boosted fish numbers in specific waterways and allowed them to repopulate areas affected […]


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