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Horsham opens cancer centre

Jo Johns, centre, with members of her family. Jo's husband Don was instrumental in getting the Wimmera Cancer Centre up and going.

Benefits ranging from clinical-service efficiencies to emotional support for patients and families underpinned a broad message at an official opening of the multi-million-dollar Wimmera Cancer Centre. Speakers at a Horsham gathering included medical specialists and project leaders as well as cancer survivors and figureheads. All had a similar message – the centre represented a major […]

PHOTOS | Ararat Musical Comedy Society’s Les Miserables to hit the stage

Beggars in Ararat Musical Comedy Society's Les Miserables.

Ararat Musical Comedy Society will present eight performances of musical Les Misérables at Ararat Town Hall from Saturday night until June 30.

PHOTOS | Record number of players tee off in Nhill golf tournament

Brendan Etherton, Nhill, playing in Nhill Golf Club's annual tournament.

Nhill Golf Club has again proven itself to be one of the premier attractions in the region, with record numbers for its 99th annual June Tournament at the weekend. More than 40 women competed in the Memorial Stroke event on Thursday, with Libby Lacey, 72, shooting the best nett score. On Friday a field of […]

Storytellers make permanent mark

AUTHOR: Dale Baker reads his book ‘Arty Farty Marty’ to children at Horsham Library as part of the 2019 Art is... festival. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Former Horsham resident Dale Baker is the first of seven authors to have a book immortalised on a Trees Tell Tall Tales Trail in Horsham. The author and art teacher will have an interactive plaque dedicated to his book Arty Farty Marty on a river redgum tree at Horsham’s Apex Adventure Island. The Trees Tell […]

PHOTOS | Numbers skyrocket for Wimmera eisteddfod

Open Female vocalist  Jessica Durant.

Organisers have been ‘blown away’ by the support for this year’s Wimmera Music Eisteddfod, with a 270-strong line-up preparing to showcase its musical finesse. The competition, returning after a year’s absence, will be at Horsham Town Hall from July 26 to 28. Organising member Venetia Elbourne-Hobbs said a revitalised and diverse program boasting several new […]

Carlos Lopez a man of many talents

COMMITTED: Carlos Lopez is adjusting to his role as Stawell Secondary College principal while pursing his passion for theatre. He will take to the stage as Gomez Addams in a production of the musical comedy The Addams Family by Horsham’s Smart Artz Theatre Company next month. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Stawell Secondary College’s new principal Carlos Lopez is a man of many talents.

Melbourne Cup to visit St Arnaud and Brim

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Mick Robins shows Amy Cattanach and Amelia Fleming the 2017 Melbourne Cup.

The 2019 Melbourne Cup will be taken on tour to 39 destinations in Australia and overseas. St Arnaud and Brim in the Wimmera are on the cup’s agenda. Three-time winners Kerrin McEvoy and Damien Oliver will both be part of the tour, with the champion jockeys set to accompany the famous Cup to their respective […]

Queen’s Birthday honour mistaken as a joke

Bev Hoffmann, Dimboola, has been awarded an OAM in Queen's Birthday hounours.

Wimmera recipient of Queen’s Birthday honours initially believed a notification of her award was a joke. Beverly Hoffmann, a key figure in the foundation and development of netball in Dimboola, won recognition for her service to sport and the Dimboola community with a Medal of the Order of Australia, OAM. Mrs Hoffmann, who considers promoting, […]

Bid for brave Brax – ‘I look like Grandpa now’

Five-year-old Horsham boy Braxton Williams is in the fight of his young life. Braxton was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January, forcing his mother to relocate to Melbourne and sell her home to fund his treatment. The Wimmera community has rallied around Braxton and his family, organising a 'Beers and a Bid for Brax' charity auction at Horsham's Victoria Hotel on Sunday, June 16.

Life has no pause button – a lesson Horsham boy Braxton Williams’ family learned in devastating fashion in January when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Turning wood in Ararat helps search for cure

HELPING HAND: From left, Central Western Woodworkers Group president David Mitchell, Kathryn Mills Fund representative Garry Mills, Ararat Breast Cancer Support Group’s Kay Fox, and Ararat woodworkers Laurie Brewster and Lew Day. Central Western Woodworkers Group is donating $1000 to both the fund and group as part of Grampians U-Turn. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Woodturning enthusiasts from across Victoria are in Ararat gleaning knowledge and information from each other as part of an annual Grampians U-Turn event. Central Western Woodworkers Group, made up of five clubs, meets four times a year and one of the major gatherings is the Grampians U-turn. The event, which started at Ararat Harness Racing […]


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