About: Alistair Finlay

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

Posts by: Alistair Finlay

July 10, 2020

Some tax returns may be late this year

A BALLARAT based accountant is warning that there could be some delays in the ability of people to prepare and submit tax returns this...

July 9, 2020

SpringFest 2020 cancelled

NOVEMBER’S Springfest is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, with organisers making the call to not run the 2020 event. Originally set for the...

July 9, 2020

City joins with councils for regional World Heritage bid

WORLD Heritage listing for the Central Goldfields is firmly back on the agenda after twelve municipalities teamed up with the State government to push...

July 8, 2020

Junior footy set for return

THERE will be some community football in the region this year as juniors from the Central Highlands Football League will return to the park...

July 8, 2020

Council culture under microscope in new review

IMPACTS from May’s State Ombudsman report into senior ranks at the City of Ballarat continue to be felt with interim CEO Janet Dore initiating...

July 7, 2020

COVID second wave fears see return of lockdown conditions

METROPOLITAN Melbourne will be sent back into lockdown from tomorrow night on the back of fears of a growing second wave of COVID-19. The reimposed...

July 5, 2020

What is the Question – July

For July's What is the Question Riland spoke with physiotherapist Simon Ellis. What is your name? Simon Ellis. What is your occupation? Physiotherapist - Ballarat Allied Health. What brought...

July 3, 2020

Plant now to avoid summer heat

LANDHOLDERS and their helpers are out across the region getting native plants into the ground as part of Landcare’s Free Trees program. During June and...

July 2, 2020

Next stop wine o’clock

MICHAEL Unwin Wines was the latest location in the district to receive a decommissioned W-Class tram last Friday. Owner Michael Unwin, who relocated the winery’s...

July 2, 2020

BFNL and CHNL make calls on season

BOTH the Ballarat Football Netball League and the Central Highlands Netball League have made the decision to cancel their 2020 seasons. At the time of...

July 1, 2020

City gets cash for bus stop safety

THE City of Ballarat has received almost half-a-million dollars from the Federal government as part of the round five of the Safer Communities Fund. A...

July 1, 2020

Rail gates debate closed – City of Ballarat council meeting briefs

LAST week’s City of Ballarat council meeting was an entirely online affair with councillors and officers linking in via video conference. The agenda was comparatively...

July 1, 2020

More road widening complete

ANOTHER set of road works in the Shire is complete with a stretch of Pitfield-Cressy Road, west of Colac-Ballarat Road, finished and open for...

June 29, 2020

And the survey says… not much changed

RESULTS from Golden Plains Shire’s annual community satisfaction survey are in and they reveal perceptions on how Golden Plains is run haven’t changed much...

June 27, 2020

Found medal reunited with soldier’s family

WHAT’S the most interesting thing you’ve found under your car seat? Some lose change, a pen, dust? For one Ballarat car buyer it was lost...

June 27, 2020

New podcast all about best in business

THREE Ballarat based communicators have come together to create new podcast series celebrating the region’s commercial champions. Titled Ballarat Business, the show’s hosted by podcaster...

June 26, 2020

Fernery finery finds firm footing

WORK to replace a fernery at the Botanic Gardens is underway with foundations being laid for the Gothic style replica of a building that...

June 25, 2020

Powerline path to run north of city

A HIGH voltage transmission powerline set to run from Bulgana just north east of Ararat to Sydenham in Melbourne’s west could potentially cut through...

June 25, 2020

Royalty and rabble right to return to court

IN another sign that we’re starting to emerge from the pandemic, Kryal Castle will drop the drawbridge in time for the school holidays. The medieval...

June 24, 2020

Budget bunfight results in targeted help – Golden Plains Shire council meeting recap

TUESDAY’S Golden Plains Shire council meeting was once again streamed online with no public access to the chamber due to the ongoing pandemic. The big-ticket...

June 24, 2020

Clunes Show off for 2020

ORGANISERS of this year’s Clunes Show have announced that the 2020 event has been cancelled. The Show was set for Saturday, 21 November, however due...

June 24, 2020

Ballarat council delays budget okay

A FINAL decision on the City of Ballarat 2020/21 budget has been held over by two weeks. Originally set for a final decision on...

June 23, 2020

Different type of green power on the cards

A NEW powerplant that generates electricity from organic waste has been proposed for the greater Geelong region.

June 21, 2020

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 21 June

Our work is the rent we pay for the space we occupy on earth. It defines us as people and serves as...

June 20, 2020

Growing COVID-19 cases cause restrictions to be increased

A SPIKE in the number of COVID-19 cases has caused State authorities to dial back the number of people allowed to visit family and...

June 18, 2020

Small celebration for big city icon

IT’S been a firm fixture on the east side of Lydiard Street North since mid-1890 and become the cultural heart of the city. Now the...

June 18, 2020

Airport works taxing towards take off

UPGRADES to Ballarat’s airport are a step closer following the announcement of five-million dollars for stage one of the project by the Federal government. The...

June 18, 2020

Lights, camera, Rokewood

National TV show rolls into to town to feature great local life

ROKEWOOD will once again be seen on a national stage after...