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EDITORIAL | Insight into our public schools

Taking time to spend a day at a public Wimmera primary school as an independent observer is an eye-opening experience. It also galvanizes just how important it is for governments, communities and society as a whole to get our education formulas as right as possible. Being asked to be ‘principal for the day’ at bubbling […]

EDITORIAL | We need a spell from the footy

As we track through spring towards summer a growing sporting chestnut has again reared its head. The arrival of warmer weather has traditionally heralded an annual change where people keen to pursue competitive sport and to keep life interesting switch codes. Having choice of sports to pursue has been one of the great strengths of […]

EDITORIAL | Report proof water is ‘liquid gold’

It comes as little surprise that latest results from a four year study have confirmed the significant social-economic benefits associated with recreational and environmental water.

EDITORIAL | Contest required for democracy

Anyone living in Victoria’s Lowan electorate with any sense of democracy has reason to have a growing feeling of disappointment as we draw closer to a State Election. With the calendar edging towards the November 24 poll and political campaigning in full flight, the sitting government has yet to announce a candidate for the largest […]

EDITORIAL | Understand our role as adults

We’ve probably mentioned it before, but many years ago, during the mid 1970s, a group of annoyed Horsham West Primary School youngsters boldly marched through their school. Inspired by the social commentary of the day and what they had seen unfolding in the media, the group stormed through buildings loudly chanting ‘we protest!’ It must […]

EDITORIAL: Giants reflecting rural resilience

Only the most blind of sporting lovers in the region would have failed to recognise that Southern Mallee Giants have won a spot in a Wimmera Football League grand final. ‘So what?’, some might say, ‘it’s just another country footy team playing in another country competition, in another country footy match’. But probe a little […]

EDITORIAL | The donkey is braying

Imagine for a moment if our politicians were, like most leaders in community clubs and organisations, unpaid volunteers. Imagine they were driven by nothing but a desire to put up a hand to provide help and support for the Australian people. Imagine, like many clubs run by volunteers, that political affiliation and socio-economic backgrounds were […]

EDITORIAL | Population shift ideas

A State Government allocation of almost half a million dollars to help Nhill Learning Centre connect migrants with potential employers in the region is welcome news. Encouraging migrants to fill skill shortages and call the Wimmera home and providing help with that process makes a lot of sense. It is money well justified that will […]

EDITORIAL: The Wimmera is certainly ticking

Every now and then it pays to lift up the covers of society and peer in to gain a clear understanding of what’s keeping our part of the world seemingly warm and cozy. What you can find can be surprising and concerning as well as amazing and inspiring and ‘all of the above’. Having the […]

EDITORIAL: Explore education opportunities

Applications by international students to study at Longerenong College should remind us how important it is for the Wimmera to continue pushing for a greater piece of Victoria’s education pie. For many community leaders, being able to provide a broad portfolio of tertiary education services in the region has long sat at the top of […]


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