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EDITORIAL: Ready to relive good old pub rock

It is hard to describe with any real accuracy the atmosphere surrounding the Australian pub-rock music era to emerging generations. It was a time when noisy and exuberant contemporary music, dominated by guitars and drums, ventured beyond halls into hotels and similar venues and became part of weekend life. Fuelled by enthusiastic young musical hopefuls […]

EDITORIAL | Reaping benefits from homegrown projects

Confirmation of a project likely to add an extra string to the Wimmera’s agricultural bow is an example of how a simple idea can blossom into something worthwhile. Horsham will soon be the Australian home of a protein-powder manufacturing plant and the region will be exporting yet another fresh and highly valuable product to the […]

EDITORIAL | It’s all in the detail

It’s been a fascinating experiment! And we remain unsure what it tells us about society. The Weekly Advertiser is on the hunt for a new marketing account manager, a position requiring a person with skill, initiative and, importantly, an eye for detail. Getting the message out to the right people is an age-old challenge for […]

EDITORIAL | Riding the waves of water supply

If we ever needed to galvanise a belief that our part of the world is primed for growth, we need only consider the role access to water is playing across the region. The reality is that construction of the Wimmera-Mallee Pipeline, which replaced the vast and clever but incredibly wasteful open-channel system, opened a new […]

EDITORIAL | Get moving on highway project

Waiting, waiting, waiting! Anyone who travels regularly through the region on the Western Highway would understand the frustration of motorists using this busy corridor. If you are heading west from Melbourne towards the South Australian border, the drive is a comfortable dual-carriageway cruise – until just before Ararat. If you are heading east from the […]

EDITORIAL: We’re a good mix – take advantage

If a mongrel can be ‘any animal resulting from the crossing of different breeds or types’, then – sorry everyone – the chances are that this is probably the best way to describe the vast majority of generational Australians. As a whole, whether our families have European, Aboriginal, Asian, African or whatever heritage, the chances […]

EDITORIAL | Tapping into our resources

It is far from a secret that modern Australia has barely scratched the surface in understanding the potential of our country’s natural assets. While we have long exploited obvious resources such as minerals, climate, global positioning and a sheer expanse of land, we are probably guilty of overlooking other obvious opportunities. If opportunity is based […]

EDITORIAL | Time to celebrate each other

Another Christmas has arrived. Another milestone in life’s calendar and perhaps another opportunity to contemplate, reflect and consider who we are, what we do and how we treat each other. We’ve said it before – Christmas can mean so many different things to different people. It can be a time of celebration, a time for […]

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 […]


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