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Bureau provides Rainbow radar insights

Accurately tracking the real-time path of insects as well as rain, hail and smoke will be among capabilities of a new multi-million-dollar radar station near Rainbow. The new station between Jeparit and Rainbow will be able to pinpoint approaching particles in the air and provide critical information for everyone from farmers to emergency service personnel. […]

First fish stock for Hopetoun’s Willow Lake

Hopetoun district anglers will have fresh angling opportunities in the future with an inaugural stocking of golden perch for new Willow Lake.  Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive Travis Dowling said creating new fisheries and stocking more native fish was a key commitment of the State Government’s $27-million Target One Million plan to get more people fishing, more […]

Baby plan for Halls Gap Zoo

FATHER TO BE: Halls Gap Zoo’s southern white rhino Kifaru will be swapped with another bull at Werribee to meet three potential mates. The move is part of a rhino-breeding program aiming to conserve population numbers.

Halls Gap Zoo has a ‘very strong’ chance of welcoming a special new member to its extended family within the next few years.

Kealy fires broadside on roads

A ‘shambolic mess’ is how Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described the State Government’s handling of road maintenance across Victoria. Ms Kealy said the Labor government, in voting down a plan to direct more state revenue towards fixing roads, was an example of misplaced priorities. “The Liberal-Nationals wanted to increase the amount of money […]

Clear recycling message a must

A regional waste co-ordinating group has assured the community it is continuing to work with municipal councils to provide a clear message around what people can and can not recycle. Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group executive officer La Vergne Lehmann said reducing contamination from recycled waste was a challenge. But it demanded […]

Environment flow to keep fish alive

An environmental flow has started in the upper Mt William Creek between Lake Fyans and Lake Lonsdale to maintain an indigenous fish population in the waterway. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority is releasing water for the environment into a section of the drying reach of the creek. It is only the third time the authority has […]

Natives feast on noxious species good news for Wimmera River fishing

Bruce MacInnes traps a carp from a display tank at the Horsham Fishing Competition.

By DEAN LAWSON Catch results at Horsham Fishing Competition have revealed a surprising downturn in carp domination of the Wimmera River in the region’s capital. Regional catchment leader David Brennan said the size, number and types of fish caught in the contest had again provided important and encouraging information about river characteristics and health. He […]

Wetland closures for duck-hunting season opening

Authorities have included lakes near Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and Donald among wetland closures for the opening of duck-hunting season this weekend. Lake Lonsdale near Stawell and Round Lake near Donald are completely off limits to hunting and Lake Bolac south of Ararat and Pine Lake, southeast of Horsham, are only open to shoreline hunting. Restrictions […]

On and off for algal blooms

Results from busy blue-green algae-monitoring programs across the region continue to frustrate recreational water enthusiasts. Despite conditions prompting authorities to lift algae warnings at some lakes and impoundments, they are generating new or persistent warnings at others. GWMWater has confirmed an outbreak of toxic blue-green algae is over for Lake Toolondo south of Horsham. But […]

Grampians are our responsibility

The Pinnacle lookout.

The Wimmera is a vast and beautiful place. From its iconic, sprawling wheat fields to the arid scrubland of Little Desert National Park to its many lakes and rivers, the Wimmera is as diverse as it is picturesque. And perhaps nowhere else in our region is so much beauty so spectacularly distilled than in the […]


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