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PHOTOS | VIDEO | Platypus saved during Mackenzie River survey

Josh Griffiths with Maddie the  platypus in Mackenzie River in the Grampians at Zumsteins.

Researchers surveying the Mackenzie River at Zumsteins for platypus last week saved the life of a juvenile female.

PHOTOS: Halls Gap Zoo

Zoo keeper Kellie Howes feeds giraffes at Halls Gap Zoo.

The Weekly Advertiser photographer Paul Carracher spent time at Halls Gap Zoo last week, capturing cute and cuddly – and not so cute and cuddly – animals on his adventure.

PHOTOS | Apple cider making workshop

Amber Schellens tries some apple juice at Horsham Urban Landcare apple crushing in preparation for making cider.

Wimmera people gathered at Horsham Showgrounds for a cider brewing session organised by Horsham Urban Landcare.

Rainbow school transformation underway

Project leaders are urging Rainbow and district residents to have their say on a draft design for a new community garden park at the old Rainbow Primary School site. Features of the plan include a golden rainbow soundshell, palm trees, indigenous food garden, cool mist sprays, play areas and expansive lawn, and exhibition and performance […]

Sturdy Miram black box judged best paddock tree

Wal Meyer’s black box, Eucalyptus largiflorens, is the March winner of Wimmera Landcare’s monthly Trees of the Wimmera competition. Last month’s competition called for ‘best paddock tree’. Wal is from Miram South, 10 kilometres east of Kaniva. He said the tree was ‘a beaut example of an old black box’ that always had a mushroom […]

Ararat mayor Paul Hooper pleads for community input

Ararat Mayor Paul Hooper has appealed for Ararat district ratepayers to get engaged and have a say on the municipality’s rating system. Cr Hopper said Ararat people needed to make the effort to understand rating issues, such as the rating differential system, and then be willing to submit comments. He made the plea as Ararat […]

Wimmera River Improvement Committee donates Weir Park barbecue

Garden workshops at Oasis Rainbow

Wimmera-Mallee residents have a chance to hone their gardening skills at two free workshops as part of the Oasis Rainbow Project, at Rainbow on April 22. The Goods Gardeners Guide to Seeds and Cuttings workshops will be at the former Rainbow Primary School site from 10am to 3.30pm. The event is part of Rainbow’s Oasis […]

Wimmera water project identifies job need for Aboriginal history

A need to create more cultural and natural-resource career opportunities for young people was a strong message from a new water project documenting Wimmera Aboriginal history. Traditional Owners, Aboriginal groups, community groups, historical societies and local and state government representatives travelled from Horsham to Lake Albacutya earlier this month as part of a ‘Community Gathering […]

Major award for Horsham grains scientist Surya Kant

Surya Kant at Grains Innovation Park. He has won a wheat research foundation award.

Horsham grains researcher Surya Kant’s can-do attitude has earned him this year’s Wheat Research Foundation Award. The award recognises an Agriculture Victoria Horsham staff member demonstrating outstanding achievement above and beyond expected work outcomes. Dr Kant, who has previously worked in Canada, Israel and India, arrived in Horsham six years ago and has played a […]

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