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Horsham Grains Innovation Park milestone to be celebrated

Crop seeds from around the world, the latest science and technological innovations including unmanned aerial vehicles and a fully automated state-of-the-art glasshouse, and Australia’s first fire-fighting simulation table. These are just some of the things visitors can expect to see when Grains Innovation Park in Horsham hosts its 50th anniversary tomorrow. Despite what the name […]

Horsham Spring Garden Festival celebrates the season

HOT TOPIC: Horsham Spring Garden Festival’s Sonia Matthews chats with Matthew Rohrsheim in his vegetable hot house ahead of the weekend event. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Lifestyle enthusiasts will again have an opportunity to celebrate the colour, vibrancy and changing elements of the season at this year’s Horsham Spring Garden Festival. Festival organisers pushed the date for the annual two-year picnic-style celebration back a week to this Saturday and Sunday, ensuring the event is in the heart of the crossover between […]

The benefits of planting natives

Native plants can be spectacular in the garden and can mix well with exotic species. They are also magnets for wildlife. The Weekly Advertiser graphic artist and photographer Kelly Laird captured images from her backyard that provide insight into how plants and animals interact. Left, an exotic European honeybee visits a white-flowering eriostemon,.

The varieties of native plants that are now available for the garden have grown dramatically in the past decade.

PHOTOS | Paul Yole captures impressive storm photos

Horsham storm chaser Paul Yole took these impressive images of the storm from Monday night.

Horsham storm chaser Paul Yole captured Monday night’s lightning storm near Horsham. “The photos are looking West near Emmett’s on Dimboola Road towards Vectis,” he said. “The images were taken roughly around 8.30 to9.30pm. Conditions were cool, but humid before the rain started setting in and it was a bit windy as well.”

Bird season in full flight

Victoria’s ‘swooping season’ has started and authorities are reminding people to avoid areas where birds such as magpies and plovers have made homes. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has issued the warning based on birds’ natural breeding behaviour. DELWP Grampians environmental compliance acting regional manager Paul Ryan said people had started reporting […]

Zero tolerance to illegal fires

UNITED: Horsham police Acting Inspector Brendan Broadbent, left, and CFA District 17 operations manager Craig Brittain are united in adopting a zero-tolerance fire policy.  Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Emergency services across the Wimmera have strengthened their resolve to protect communities from the threat of fire this summer by adopting a zero-tolerance policy.

Dry outlook prompts CFA message

Firefighters believe drier than average weather combined with forecasts for a dry end to spring, suggest a regional fire season is likely to start earlier than usual. The build-up to the season has prompted the Country Fire Authority to stress key messages to people who might be confronted with the threat of fire. The messages […]

Research findings support Wimmera-southern Mallee water projects

Research into the impact of recreational and environmental water has provided backing to consistent community calls to further develop the potential of lakes and waterways across the region. The findings are set to provide governments, agencies, clubs, organisations and communities exploring or exploiting opportunities involving lakes and rivers confidence to continue pursuing their projects. Second-year […]

Parkinson’s tulip tribute in Horsham Botanic Gardens

Tulips now blooming in Horsham Botanic Gardens have been planted in recognition of people battling Parkinson’s Disease. Wimmera Parkinson’s Peer Support Group member Rene Vivian, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2015, said she approached gardens staff earlier this year to inquire if they had a ‘spare spot to plant some tulips’. “Tulips are […]

Money to protect threatened species in Grampians National Park

The unique natural and cultural values of Grampians National Park are set to benefit from a $1.8-million State Government boost. As part of government Biodiversity Response Planning, the funding will support programs to retain plant diversity and protect threatened species from exotic species such as deer, goats and rabbits and feral cats, and invasive sallow wattle. […]


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