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Stawell workshops to guide recreation advisory group

The direction of recreation planning in Stawell will be subject to a greater level of informed community scrutiny as a result of a series of Federal Government-backed workshops. The government is providing almost $18,700 for the leadership and capacity-building workshops for Stawell Recreation Advisory Group. The aim of the workshops is to help improve Northern […]

Emma Kealy: Data shows crime on rise

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has used data to back up claims that crime has increased dramatically in municipalities in her electorate since Labor won government in 2014. She said new figures released by the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency last month showed 1509 offences in Southern Grampians Shire in the year to June 2018. “That’s […]

State Government funding for active Ararat projects

Ararat is set to benefit from a major State Government commitment to help the rural city promote its community ‘get active, stay healthy’ promotional push. The government has announced $750,000 for major recreation projects in the city. Sports Minister John Eren visited Ararat to announce $250,000 for the second stage of Ararat Active Link at […]

Boost for Stawell’s Cooinda Kindergarten

State Government funding will aim to help Stawell children of all abilities find learning and playing easier while at kindergarten. Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said Stawell’s Cooinda Kindergarten would receive $147,200 from the latest round of an Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. The program helps kindergartens become more accessible and inclusive for children […]

Horsham’s Barry Shea to run as independent candidate for Lowan

A belief that far western Victoria is caught in an unproductive perpetual political cycle is a primary reason why Barry Shea, of Horsham, has put his name down as an independent candidate for Lowan.

Horsham council remains firm on rates decision

Horsham councillor David Grimble addresses the chamber during a special meeting on June 25.

Horsham Rural City farmers again made up the majority of a packed council chamber on Monday night, hoping a last-ditch attempt to change an ‘unfair and inequitable’ rating system would pay off.

State Government funding for Wimmera-Mallee roads

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has confirmed the State Government will provide $5.54-million for Wimmera and Mallee roads. She said the funding, through the government’s Local Roads to Market Program, would help the region’s agriculture sector transport produce to market quicker and safer than in the past. The funding is earmarked for 17 road and […]

Rupanyup retail precinct wins government support

A community project to redevelop Rupanyup’s retail precinct has won $500,000 backing from the State Government. Agriculture and Regional Development Minister and Labor Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford visited Rupanyup to announce the contribution. She said the funding for the Rupanyup Community Retail Hub project would breathe new life into the east Wimmera grain-growing […]

Horsham council denies farmers’ rates appeal; Northern Grampians increases farm differential

Horsham Rural City Council has denied an eleventh-hour plea to reduce a farm-rate burden despite a strong turnout of disgruntled farmers at a budget meeting on Monday.

State Government adamant it has followed protocols for East Grampians water project

The State Government is adamant it has followed state and federal funding protocols surrounding an East Grampians Water Supply Project, set to provide greater water security for Ararat district communities. The office of Water Minister Lisa Neville has reported claims from political opponents at federal and state level that the State Government had yet to […]

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