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On the lookout for Wimmera’s elusive water-rat

One of the Wimmera’s most iconic yet elusive native mammals is the subject of a study to determine its population across Victoria. The Wimmera’s arterial river systems and wetlands have long been home to the water-rat or rakali, Hydromys chrysogaster, and fears are that numbers of this unique species are dwindling. Water rats, unlike their […]

Volunteer call for annual Project Platypus Grampians plantout

Project Platypus Landcare leaders have called on community volunteers to get involved with annual plantouts next month. Project Platypus covers a critical area of the region’s upper catchment where environmental health can, apart from determining the sustainability of agricultural land, dictate the condition of the arterial Wimmera River system. Project Platypus manager and plantout organiser […]

Ancient river red gum wins Wimmera Landcare’s ‘best climbing tree’

Wimmera Landcare’s Trees of the Wimmera winning entry for May comes from Bec Fletcher with a photograph of what is commonly known as the ‘bike jump’ tree near Horsham’s Holy Trinity Lutheran School. The tree rated as the Wimmera’s ‘best climbing tree’ from entries in an ancient river red gum, Eucalyptus camaldulensis category. With each […]

Thumbs up for Chinese garden space at Stawell College

Instigators of a new Chinese-inspired garden at Stawell Secondary College hope the space will be used for performances and gatherings. Teacher Khal Lawton said a team of volunteers created the garden about a month ago to improve a section of the school in disrepair. He said principal Nick Lynch suggested a Chinese garden might be […]

Fishing boom for Wimmera lakes

The Wimmera’s reputation as a major recreational freshwater fishing area is set to gain momentum with fisheries officers releasing thousands of trout into lakes across the region.

Easier river access at Dimboola

Dimboola residents and visitors now have greater access to the Wimmera River with the installation of a new boating pontoon. The pontoon is just upstream of the Wimmera Street Bridge, next to Riverside Holiday Park. Contractor Ebaz Pty Ltd – which had peviously installed fishing pontoons on the river at Dimboola and Jeparit – completed […]

WAMA nature play day at Pomonal

Wimmera families can spend time together in a natural environment at a Wildlife Art Museum of Australia Nature Play Day at Pomonal. The WAMA project involves establishing a wildlife and art precinct in the Halls Gap area, with a gallery, artists workshops, educational facilities, endangered wildlife programs, botanical gardens and wetlands all celebrating the relationship […]

Eagles landing as thanks from Woodbine

Warracknabeal’s long-running disability support organisation has congratulated the district’s community on a successful 150 years. As part of the milestone celebrations, Woodbine will host ‘The Eagles Story’ – Australia’s premiers Eagles experience – at Warracknabeal Town Hall on Saturday night. Proceeds from the performance will go to the Warracknabeal 150 committee. Woodbine, a non-profit organisation […]

Emily Thoday-Kennedy driven by love of science

A love affair with plants and science has encouraged a high-calibre young scientist to make Horsham her home.  Driven by an altruistic wish to produce food for the world, University of Adelaide graduate Emily Thoday-Kennedy is now into her second year working with Agriculture Victoria at the Grains Innovation Park, Horsham.  Ms Thoday-Kennedy, 24, said she […]

Mighty Lake Albacutya on Oasis Rainbow tour itinerary

It attracted countless tourists, a symphony orchestra, a constant stream of scientists and is internationally recognised as an indigenous and internationally significant environmental wetland. But Lake Albacutya near Rainbow in the southern Mallee, one of the terminal lakes of the Wimmera River system, has been dry for decades and the many stories of its glory […]

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