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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.

Emma Kealy adds to shadow ministry portfolios

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described a new Coalition Country Health portfolio as recognition of health issues confronting the state’s regional population.

Emma Kealy: Reducing speed limits lazy

Member for Lowan Emma Kealy has described suggestions the State Government might limit the speed limit on some unsealed country roads to 70 kilometres an hour as ‘lazy policy’. She said the Daniel Andrews government had cut $160-million from the maintenance of country roads and bridges across country Victoria and was now trying to deal […]

Too many turbines needed: Simon Ramsay

Liberal Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay believes an Andrews State Government drive to reach a renewable-energy target of 40 percent by 2025 is reckless and will change the landscape of regional Victoria forever. Mr Ramsay said there was a danger the western Victorian landscape was particularly vulnerable. “The once tranquil hinterlands and pastures of […]

Rural councils ‘struggling’: MAV

Victoria’s municipal peak organisation has told a parliamentary inquiry that a reduction in state and federal government funding, combined with a two percent rate cap, has left rural councils struggling to maintain services and assets. The Municipal Association of Victoria presented its views at a public hearing of the ongoing inquiry into the State Government’s […]


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