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Interactive display takes flight at Harrow

Birds of prey are flying into Harrow as part of an interactive raptor display. The Leigh Valley Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will visit Harrow Hall on July 3 as part of a school holiday program. The display, starting at noon, will give people a chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with the ‘predatory way […]

Natimuk Lake design review

Construction of an unauthorised weir at Natimuk Lake could still go ahead with a modified design after a Parks Victoria review. Natimuk Lake Foreshore Committee began building a weir and embankment on land outside its legal authority and without approval from Parks Victoria in 2016. Works were subsequently halted until an assessment of potential environmental effects of […]

Seasonal closures for Grampians roads, tracks

Tracks and roads in state parks and forests across the Wimmera will temporarily close during winter and spring as part of an annual driver-safety and road-damage-prevention program.  Grampians forest and fire operations manager Peter Kambouris said main closures for the 2019 seasonal road closure period started last Thursday. “Seasonal closures are an important procedure during […]

Heartland cultural event wins more accolades

A cross-section of people involved in the inaugural Heartland Horsham weekend have joined a chorus in declaring the event a ‘resounding’ success. Wimmera Development Association settlement officer Sara Barron said a Heartland Horsham committee was now considering ‘next steps’ needed for the project’s evolution. “These include what opportunities can we provide for any visitors considering […]

PHOTOS | Food provides bookend to Heartland festival

Ben Muir conducts a smoking ceremony as Samiksha Jha clenses herself prior to tree planting at Drung for HeartLand Horsham community planting event.

A multicultural celebration of food providing a bookend to an inaugural Heartlands Horsham project at the weekend appears set to be a primary area of growth for the fledgling festival.

Grampians park a changing landscape

A wet May has helped boost the natural beauty of Grampians National Park ahead of a potential influx of tourists during the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

Frosts and warm winter predicted

Weather forecasters are predicting frosty, dry and warmer-than-average conditions for Victorian areas north of the Great Dividing Range this winter. The Bureau of Meteorology has issued the long-range details for the region, which mirror much of Australia. Despite a wet finish to May, the bureau’s winter climate outlook shows eastern and central Australia are unlikely […]

Environmental grants open

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy is encouraging volunteers helping to protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment to consider applying for money in the latest round of Victorian Landcare Grants. Ms Kealy said environmental volunteer groups could apply for project grants of up to $20,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity- building projects that helped […]

Carp study plan on home straight

A national project to determine whether the biological release of a species-specific virus can tackle noxious carp is on track to finish in December this year. Researchers are steadily tabling results from more than 19 projects exploring the potential of controlling the pest with the virus. The National Carp Control Plan is a $10.2-million Federal […]

Students gain Wimmera River insight

Primary school students studying the Wimmera’s carp problem have had a first-hand look at the aquatic pest. Grade-five pupils from Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College were on the spot on the Wimmera River to learn how authorities found and removed carp from waterways using electrofishing. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Dr Dion Lervasi and Dr […]

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