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EDITORIAL| Get back on the rails

It is an understatement to say the new State Government is on notice to fix the Wimmera’s passenger-rail dilemma. With the potential disappearance of the interstate Overland train in the future, a service the Labor government is using as a regional transport backstop, it now has no legitimate excuse in ignoring the issue. That is […]

Children in need of a loving home – Andrew Broad

The real work of the Australian Parliament does not take place in the House of Representatives chamber. The real work takes place in the conversations in the hallways, in our cross-house committees and in meetings with ministers. This sitting fortnight, a report was presented entitled Breaking Barriers: A National Adoption Framework for Australian Children. It […]

EDITORIAL | It’s easy… but just all too hard

It used to be simple. You would move into or build a house and you would get the water, the power, the gas, the phone, whatever, all hooked up and it all worked. If something didn’t, you could make a quick call and someone would slip around to have a look, make a diagnosis and […]

LETTER | White Ribbon Walk disappointing

SIR, – I participated in Ararat’s White Ribbon Walk supporting victims of domestic abuse. I was disappointed – Ararat is in the top 10 regions for domestic abuse in Victoria, and the number of women murdered by their partners has increased significantly. Does ‘The Walk’, have an impact on these crimes? Uncertain. I participate – […]

EDITORIAL: Uneasy feeling after state election

Some of us can’t help but remain unsure about what the landslide Labor win in the state election means for our part of western Victoria. Despite convincing assurances from Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford that she and her political colleagues would govern for all of the state, there remains a sense of uneasiness. […]

EDITORIAL | Deep in the bunker

Anyone who has grown up or lived for an extended period in Horsham would be well familiar with Horsham Golf Club and its historic sand-belt course. The course, owned by the club, has long been an integral part of Horsham sporting culture, providing the setting for many a high-quality golfing battle. It has also been […]

EDITORIAL | Radar a weather win for region

If there is a topic that dominates most everyday conversations it surely be – the weather. We can’t help ourselves; we use the prospect of rain, heat, cold, wind and just about everything involving the weather as a conversation tool. It can be a conversation ice-breaker, pregnant-pause destroyer or benign subject-changer because what’s happening in […]

EDITORIAL | Blue-green algae a spoiler

With the arrival of warmer weather across the region we are again confronted with the scourge of our inland recreation lakes and waterways. Just when we thought it was safe to go back into the water we’ve had a reminder about our dreaded watery summer companion – blue-green algae. When GWMWater issued a blue-green algae […]

EDITORIAL | Playing the game in the right spirit

It is hard to escape all the discussion and debate involving the investigations, revelations and anxiety surrounding Australian cricket culture. It is everywhere in the media and what we’re seeing and hearing suggests there is as much generalisation and bulldust as there is truth doing the rounds. The trouble is, there is a fair amount […]

LETTER: Rail clamour

SIR, – There has been a lot of clamour by the major parties regarding regional rail, as is usual at this time before elections. They are each offering to improve or extend some passenger services here or there.  Australian Country Party-Give It Back sees rail as one of the two key features to its plan to […]

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