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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 […]

Emma Kealy angry over family violence safety hub shortfall

‘Totally unacceptable’ is how Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described the allocation of one Family Violence Support and Safety Hub in western Victoria. Ms Kealy said she was appalled the State Government had allocated a solitary safety hub, designed to support women seeking escape from violent family situations, for almost a quarter of the […]

Emma Kealy addresses parliament about ‘urgent and immediate’ need for roads funding

Two truck crashes within days on the same road near Willaura, one with fatal consequences, sparked Member for Lowan Emma Kealy into action in State Parliament. Ms Kealy, in addressing parliament, said the incidents had compelled her to again call for ‘urgent and immediate’ State Government money to fix country roads. She said her deep […]

Ararat Rating Strategy Advisory Group selected

Former City of Ballarat mayor Judy Verlin will chair Ararat Rural City Council’s new Rating Strategy Advisory Group. Ms Verlin has a strong background in municipal rating strategies and has been appointed independent chair of the group, which will meet for the first time this month. Municipal Association of Victoria senior economist Trevor Koops has […]

Jodie Pretlove new West Wimmera Shire mayor

Councillor Jodie Pretlove is West Wimmera Shire’s new mayor.

Cr Glenda McLean elected new Ararat mayor; Paul Hooper resigns


An Ararat Rural City councillor has resigned and another is considering her future following a dramatic mayoral election last night.


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