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Perfect time to consider fire risk

Victorian firefighting organisations are urging people to make the most of a reminder about Fire Action Week, which finishes on Friday, to increase their understanding of the fire risk where they live. They want people to use spring, leading into forecasts of an above- average fire season, to prepare their properties and talk to members […]

Horsham Spring Garden Festival a success

GARDEN DELIGHT: Angela and Terry Walsh were among the many patrons who made the most of idyllic spring conditions to visit the 30th Horsham Spring Garden Festival at Horsham Botanic Gardens. Festival spokeswoman Sonia Matthews said the two-day event, which featured television gardening presenter Melissa King as special guest, was a great success, with most […]

Flett’s tranquil Haven property open

Haven residents Peter and Kerrie Flett have a passion for gardening and growing plants. This weekend Mr and Mrs Flett will share their beautiful Old Hamilton Road property with the public as a fundraiser for the Horsham Church of Christ building fund. Features of the three-acre garden include a cottage-style front garden with roses, salvia […]

Holistic management key focus

Two catchment management authorities and leading farmer organisation Vic No-Till have partnered to provide professional training opportunities focussed on farm costs, inputs, goals and decision-making. Wimmera and Glenelg Hopkins CMAs have brought Joshua and Tara Dukart, US farmers and professional trainers of holistic management, to Western Victoria for a series of farm tours and three-day […]

Countdown on to Grampians Seriously Shiraz wine festival

Grampians Wine Region will celebrate award-winning shiraz at some of the best wineries in Australia at an annual Seriously Shiraz festival from November 3 to 7. The event invites guests to taste their way through the Grampians at more than 20 events across five days. Grampians Tourism chief executive Marc Sleeman said the event was more than […]

Wimmera urged to be safe and ready

The Country Fire Authority is urging people across the Wimmera and beyond to make sure they are prepared for the approaching fire season. It made the call in expectation of the fire-danger period phasing in across the state during the next few weeks. CFA District 17 acting operations manager Craig Brittain said significant rain in […]

Turmine flower wins at St Arnaud Orchid Society show

WINNING ORCHID: Bob and Pat Turmine of Horsham show off the laelia orchid Sunset ‘Show Time’, which won them St Arnaud Orchid Society’s grand champion title. Stawell’s John and Barbara Welsh won reserve champion with a dendrobium ‘Tyabb’ orchid. Other champions from the show were: Species, R. Dalton and M. Smythe; Phalaenopis, B. and P. […]

Planned burns for Grampians fringe

Forest Fire Management Victoria is set to start spring burning operations in and around Ararat and Stawell. Wimmera District forest and fire operations manager Glenn Rudolph said several fuel-reduction burns aimed at reducing forest fuel and the potential spread and intensity of bushfires that might affect both centres, would happen in the next few weeks. […]

Consultation to shape flood strategy

North Central Catchment Management Authority is moving forward on the development of a Regional Floodplain Management Strategy after months of community consultation. The plan involves part of the Wimmera including St Arnaud and Marnoo. Since 2010-11 floods there has been work to improve flood mapping, flood-warning systems and community flood awareness for specific towns. Project […]

Community win in consolidation

The Northern Grampians community is likely to experience the broad economic impact of a multi million-dollar value-adding project near Stawell earlier than expected. Horticultural business Nectar Farms has announced intentions to concentrate solely on a Bulgana Green Power Hub site, bringing forward the prospect of district contracting and employment opportunities. Nectar Farms today will shift […]

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