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Taskforce sets Christmas challenge

Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce has encouraged people to be mindful of their alcohol consumption during the Christmas period. Taskforce co-ordinator Sally Pymer said the holidays often coincided with higher alcohol consumption, and dangerous behaviours such as drink-driving, swimming while intoxicated and family arguments could all occur as a result. “The Christmas period can be exciting […]

Park of good cheer for all-abilities celebration at Nhill

Jaypex Park in Nhill was full of laughter, fun and good cheer when people gathered to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. The family event focused on empowering people of all abilities with a program including a free barbecue lunch, treasure hunt, interactive games and painting activities. Hindmarsh Shire mayor Ron Ismay said the […]

Laughter the best medicine

A presentation of a live governorship award to recently retired Horsham general practitioner Doug Jinks was among highlights of Wimmera Health Care Group’s annual meeting. Dr Jinks, on accepting his award during the meeting at Coughlin Park, spoke of the importance of humour in medicine. “I hope my legacy is my somewhat Australian sense of […]

Eight ball players on cue for cancer centre

Horsham Eight Ball Association has put its shoulder behind a regional fight against cancer with a donation to Wimmera Cancer Centre. The association, with help from Horsham’s Bull and Mouth Hotel, has provided money for the centre to buy a cancer treatment chair. The chairs cost $6169 and the association has provided $5000, generated through […]

Kaniva park taking shape

Socio-economic benefits of a $1.215-million Kaniva Wetlands and Fauna Park will soon start flowing into the Wimmera’s far west with construction of the project well underway. Playground and flying fox areas will be finished later this month. Wimmera landscaping contractor Landscape IT has been busy transforming the park on behalf of West Wimmera Shire Council. […]

A world of expression in art

Art classes in Horsham are unveiling creative talent from across the Wimmera and providing an outlet for people with disabilities to express themselves. They are also leading to impressive, colourful and eye-catching works that have already been exhibited. Artist Nichola Clarke runs a community art studio at Centre for Participation and artists, from a variety […]

Leo Casey honoured as life governor

Long-time Rural Northwest Health management board member Leo Casey has become a life governor of the organisation. The award recognises a decade of service for Mr Casey, who completed a 10-year tenure with the board earlier this year. Fellow board member Carolyn Morcom presented Mr Casey with a life governor certificate at an annual meeting. […]

Johns twins continue legacy of their father Don Johns

Horsham twins Josephine and David Johns have joined Wimmera Health Care Group Foundation’s group of trustees. The pair continues the legacy of their father and long-time Horsham and Wimmera community advocate and representative Don Johns, a foundation founding member. Married with families, both grew up in Horsham and returned to the Wimmera after pursuing interests, […]

Lake Wallace Algae warning lifted

Authorities have lifted a blue-green algae warning for Lake Wallace at Edenhope. Repeated testing from GWM Water has shown the water is again safe for recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports. GWMWater is regularly monitoring the water in Lake Wallace, as well as other recreational lakes across the region. The entire […]

Shade sails for Horsham skaters

Horsham Sports and Community Club has provided $15,000 for the installation of two new shade sails at Horsham Skate Park. The sails are already in place at the park on the corner of Natimuk Road and Park Drive. Club manager Glenn Carroll said the board was fully supportive of the project put forward by Horsham […]


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