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Environmental grants open

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy is encouraging volunteers helping to protect and restore Victoria’s land and environment to consider applying for money in the latest round of Victorian Landcare Grants. Ms Kealy said environmental volunteer groups could apply for project grants of up to $20,000 for on-ground works, education and capacity- building projects that helped […]

Carp study plan on home straight

A national project to determine whether the biological release of a species-specific virus can tackle noxious carp is on track to finish in December this year. Researchers are steadily tabling results from more than 19 projects exploring the potential of controlling the pest with the virus. The National Carp Control Plan is a $10.2-million Federal […]

Students gain Wimmera River insight

Primary school students studying the Wimmera’s carp problem have had a first-hand look at the aquatic pest. Grade-five pupils from Horsham Holy Trinity Lutheran College were on the spot on the Wimmera River to learn how authorities found and removed carp from waterways using electrofishing. Wimmera Catchment Management Authority and Dr Dion Lervasi and Dr […]

PHOTOS | Snow in the Grampians


The Weekly Advertiser reader Rochelle Sullivan made the cold trek up Mt William on Wednesday to check out the snow. “We got up there about 11am and it was zero degrees,” she said. Many parts of Victoria saw snow on the coldest day this year turning sites like Mt William into a Winter wonderland.

Platypus found in MacKenzie River

GOTCHA: Senior wildlife ecologist Josh Griffiths catches a young female platypus in MacKenzie River last week during an annual Wimmera Catchment Management Authority platypus survey. Wimmera CMA water planning and policy officer Greg Fletcher said identifying the platypus downstream showed the population had been able to recolonise the lower reaches of MacKenzie River in response […]

Pipeline win for Ararat

WATER DELIVERY: From left, Member for Wannon Dan Tehan, Ararat district farmer Charlie de Fegely and Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack at Mr de Fegely’s farm.

An Ararat municipal leader has joined a chorus in describing a $32-million Federal Government investment to help establish greater water security in the region as an economic game changer.

Push to protect platypus in Grampians

TESTING THE WATERS: Wildlife ecologist Josh Griffiths takes an eDNA sample of water in Mackenzie River in the Grampians as part of Wimmera Catchment Management Authority’s platypus surveys. Picture: LOTTE REITER

Our national parks are home to some of our most treasured cultural riches, and we must look after them.

Costa talks all things compost at Grampians Grape Escape

Prominent gardening personality Prominent gardening personality Costa Georgiadis has helped launch a series of community composting activities across western Victoria. The bearded ABC television presenter was a guest at a Grampians region launch of International Compost Awareness Week, ICAW, Australia. The launch was part of Grampians Grape Escape festival at Halls Gap at the weekend. […]

Work underway at Ararat ‘fusion’ park

Large feature rocks, ‘moon gates’, interactive play spaces and an area suited to wedding ceremonies – with plants fusing Chinese and Australian culture – are among features of an Alexandra Gardens Island design. Ararat Rural City Council released conceptual designs for the project, with excavation works scheduled to start this week. Council chief executive Tim […]

Boomerang Bags in Stawell

Stawell’s War on Waste Group is a step closer to reducing the use of single-use plastic bags with a Boomerang Bag distribution point launched today. The project, celebrated this morning at Newton’s Butchers in Main Street, is one of many the group is working on to reduce the use of plastic bags in the Wimmera […]


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