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EDITORIAL : Do we bin it or is there an alternative?

Anyone involved in, who observed closely or reported on the recycling revolution of the 1980s would have noted that society needed to jump large hurdles for the concept to become a reality. For those of us who remember, there were all sorts of barriers, none more pressing than a fledgling industry struggling to generate demand […]

LETTER: Landcare anxiety over burnt trees

Remnant paddock trees severely damaged by fire in autumn have prompted Kaniva and District Landcare members to urge the regional farming community to take care when burning stubble. Landcare facilitator Kim Hawker has put pen to paper to present the group’s point of view. This year featured a glorious autumn – flames tore through the […]

EDITORIAL: Good on you, Johnsie

Horsham community advocate and tireless campaigner Don Johns dies, 83 It is hard to put a value on the time and effort some people spend trying to encourage or promote their communities. ‘Priceless’ perhaps is the only term that comes close to truly reflecting what it means to be lucky enough to have individuals in […]

EDITORIAL | Danger in acceptance

We often hear about many aspects of modern life that are eating away at what we consider the pillars of a healthy and vibrant society. It seems we need only turn the pages of a newspaper, switch on the radio or television or find the appropriate app on a smartphone to tune into what’s eroding […]

EDITORIAL: Journey to discovering who we are

Using modern technology and our individual DNA or genetic blueprint to trace our biological ancestry is proving popular with many Australians. It costs a few dollars but is within the financial reach of many and represents a bit of fun for the more curious among us keen to find out more about who we are […]

EDITORIAL: Education is the key

This week is Victorian Education Week and this edition of The Weekly Advertiser includes a feature to recognise the occasion. What’s been clearly evident in talking with school leaders across the region as part of the promotion is how passionate people are about providing educational opportunities. From representatives from the biggest schools to the smallest, […]

EDITORIAL: Patience is dimming

There is much to learn about the sensibilities of our evolving modern society by eavesdropping on the conversations of young people. Hearing about their ideals, dreams and opportunities can prompt, in seasoned adults, feelings of everything from delight and confidence to anxiety and horror. Such is the nature of generational change. A perplexing observation that […]

EDITORIAL | Too many chiefs

Anyone who casually follows the day-to-day cut and thrust of Australian politics can be forgiven for periods of confusion about how our process of governance works. While coming to grips with the different personalities that constantly front the media is often challenging enough, we then have to try to wade through all the other vagaries […]

EDITORIAL: People count, not the votes

State budget: Wins and big misses It is around state budget time that we get to see the ugly side of political maneuvering. While people across the state in charge of projects, services, industries and communities wait, in many circumstances anxiously, to see if there is any part of a budget pie for them, political […]

EDITORIAL: Being realistic about Anzac Day

As we took a moment during Anzac Day yesterday to reflect on Australia’s war-time sacrifice, the words ‘lest we forget’ seemed to ring louder than usual. Anzac Day means different things to different people. For some, it is all about quiet and reflective commemoration. For others, it is a chance to celebrate national spirit, courage […]

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