About: Alistair Finlay

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Editor at the Ballarat Times News Group. Once at Westlock News, The Advocate, and the Latrobe Valley Express. Oilers fan. Email: [email protected] Facebook: @alistairfinlayjournalist twitter: @alistairfinlay_ Instagram: @alistairfinlayeditor

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October 21, 2021

Survey may seed spring awakening

RESULTS from a survey run by the City of Ballarat are in, and they say people want more outdoor dining options. The findings include a...

October 21, 2021

CEO backs vax order

CITY of Ballarat CEO Evan King has said he supports a new State Government rule that’s made COVID-19 vaccinations compulsory for all municipal workers. A...

October 18, 2021

Playground pulled in timing tangle

KIDS in Enfield will be without a playground for up to three months after Golden Plains Shire officers removed the town’s existing facility at...

October 14, 2021

Green light for Temp gates plan

A NEW chapter in the lengthy saga that is the Lydiard Street North level crossing has been penned with Heritage Victoria giving the okay...

October 7, 2021

SpringFest heads back online

On-going COVID-19 uncertainty around mass gatherings has led organisers of this year’s SpringFest Market Sunday to cancel the return of the physical event. Run by...

October 1, 2021

New chair for water board

CENTRAL Highlands Water has announced new appointments to its board, including the utility’s first female chair. Current deputy-chair Angeleen Jenkins will take a step up...

September 21, 2021

GovHub site of new cluster

THE GovHub budling on the corner of Mair and Armstrong Streets has become the site of the first non-household COVID-19 transmissions in city’s current...

September 20, 2021

More exposure sites listed, BHS issues waning

FURTHER exposure sites in Ballarat have been listed on the Department of Health and Human Services website. The locations in Alfredton, Delacombe and Ballarat come...

September 20, 2021

Five new Ballarat COVID cases overnight

BALLARAT has recorded five new COVID-19 cases in the twenty-four hours to midday today. Four of the cases were linked to the household of Sunday’s...

September 18, 2021

Local cases up to 11, new wastewater positive

TWO more COVID-19 positive people have been detected in Ballarat in the last twenty-four hours, but they are linked to known cases. The announcement of...

September 18, 2021

Spill sees Staley shuffled sideways

MEMBER for Ripon, Louise Staley, has lost her job as shadow treasurer. The move came during a cabinet reshuffle on the weekend, set in motion...

September 18, 2021

City set for more social housing

SOCIAL housing providers in Ballarat are about to experience a mini boom following the release of funds for local projects from the State Government’s...

September 16, 2021

New testing, exposure sites

BALLARAT Health Services have announced three new COVID-19 testing sites on the first day of a week-long city-wide lockdown. Drive-thru locations will be set up...

September 15, 2021

Ballarat heading back into lockdown

AFTER just over a week of relative freedom, the City of Ballarat is being forced back into lockdown under an order by the state’s...

September 14, 2021

Exposure sites in Ballarat confirmed

NEW COVID-19 exposure sites in Ballarat have been revealed following the announcement of the city’s first positive case in over twelve months. Sites listed include...

September 12, 2021

Local heath boss says COVID could be in Ballarat

THE medical director of the Grampians Public Health Unit, Associate Professor Rosemary Aldrich, has called on people in Ballarat to be on the lookout...

September 12, 2021

Christmas tree tradition returns

AFTER a year off, the annual Christmas tree decorating competition is returning to Buninyong’s festive pop-up shop at the town hall. The idea is simple,...

September 11, 2021

Ballarat pop-up COVID testing site to reopen

BALLARAT Health Services has announced the city’s drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Marty Busch Reserve in Sebastopol will reopen tomorrow. The information was released as...

September 11, 2021

Ballarat Health to send COVID testing team to Daylesford

BALLARAT Health Services has announced a rapid COVID-19 testing team is being deployed to Daylesford following identification of exposure sites and a positive case...

September 10, 2021

Western United part of W-League expansion

THE W-League will expand from nine to twelve teams by 2023 in a bid to capitalise on the looming Women's World Cup in Australia...

September 7, 2021

Rail comp rolls in

A DESIGN competition aimed at getting school students to come up with public transport solutions is pulling into Ballarat. Known as Regional Rail Revival Design...

September 4, 2021

COVID alert issued for Ballarat university

BALLARAT has its first COVID-19 exposure site in months after Australian Catholic University and Ballarat Health advised a positive case attended the ACU campus...

September 4, 2021

Proposed chicken farm cracks Golden Plains Shire council

GOLDEN Plains Shire councillors were left with egg on their face after an attempt to deny a planning permit for a broiler chicken farm...

September 1, 2021

BFNL cancels finals

FINALS in the Ballarat Football Netball League senior compertiions have been cancelled for 2021. A statement released by the league’s board on Wednesday night said...

August 25, 2021

SpringFest reborn!

MUCH loved community market day and Rotary Club major fundraiser, SpringFest, is set to return in 2021. After heading online last year, the family-friendly event,...

August 21, 2021

Lots of mysticism on 1000 Doors

WHEN the city’s newest interactive public art installation, 1000 Doors, opens later this month, there’ll be a touch of the dark arts included. As part...

August 20, 2021

BLOC show pays it forward

AS part of opening night celebrations for BLOC Music Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia in May, the performance troop teamed up with the local...

August 19, 2021

Call sought on $1m COVID plan

CITY of Ballarat councillors will be asked to decide on a one-million-dollar COVID-19 business and community organisation support plan at their next regular meeting. The...