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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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February 22, 2024

Highway to Ararat closed

AUTHORITIES have closed the Western Highway between Ballarat and Ararat due to bushfire activity surrounding Beaufort. The decision to shut the highway was made by...

February 9, 2024

Medicare’s 40th marked as Feds push to increase bulk bill rates

FORTY years of the nation’s socialised medicine program, Medicare, has been celebrated locally, but the Federal health minister has sounded a warning over the...

December 11, 2023

Scores injured, traffic chaos in 20-car freeway crash

A MAJOR crash involving more than twenty vehicles has caused traffic chaos on the Western Highway at Myrniong, with paramedics treating multiple people at...

August 4, 2023

Venues set, bumper crowd expected for finals

LOCATIONS for the some of the most important games in local football and netball have been confirmed for the 2023 season. Venues to play host...

July 21, 2023

Games off but some projects still in play

BALLARAT’S brief time as a 2026 Commonwealth Games joint host has ended after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Tuesday the state was no...

July 7, 2023

Spilt Milk line up makes a splash

THE headline acts for this year’s Spilt Milk have been released and there’s some big names on the list. US rapper Post Malone has top...

July 7, 2023

Rinaldi to retire at season’s end

LONG-time Ballarat Miners women squad member Kristy Rinaldi has announced her retirement from competitive basketball. The club’s female games record holder will drop the curtain...

May 26, 2023

Election pledges backed in budget

LOCAL projects, many of which were the subject of 2022 Victorian election campaigning, are the big winners from Tuesday’s State budget. As part of the...

May 26, 2023

Freight hub future not certain

THE future of the intermodal freight hub planned for the Ballarat West Employment Zone is unclear after the was revealed Federal funding for the...

May 12, 2023

King hails ‘cost of living’ budget

MEMBER for Ballarat, Catherine King, has said Tuesday’s Federal budget is about reining in inflationary impacts on Australians. Dubbed a “cost of living” budget, the...

April 14, 2023

Lions make winning start

REDAN FNC got off to a near perfect start to the McDonalds Ballarat Football Netball League season on Good Friday. The Lions came away from...

April 7, 2023

Added time for e-scooter trial

PRIVATELY owned electric scooters are no longer banned and younger riders can hit the road as part of a six-month extension to a Victorian...

March 17, 2023

Golden festival keeps giving back to the community

TWICE a year, just past a bend on a bumpy road about ten minutes’ drive west of Meredith, a moderately sized sheep farm comes...

February 16, 2023

Total fire ban declared for Friday

THE Country Fire Authority has declared tomorrow, Friday, 17 February a day of total fire ban in the Central fire weather district that includes...

February 3, 2023

Campaign about things to do friends and family

A NEW website aimed at helping locals find things to do in the Ballarat region with when people from out-of-town come for a visit...

February 3, 2023

How do you reckon the City is doing?

ARE you happy with how the City of Ballarat, its councillors, and staff are doing? Well, you might be asked that question, and more, as...

February 3, 2023

Algae alert for local lagoon

A BLUE-Green algae waning has been issued by Goulburn-Murray Water for Hepburn Lagoon at Blampied. The alert means that people and animals should avoid direct...

February 3, 2023

Miners add youth to roster

WITH the NBL1 South 2023 season fast approaching, both Ballarat Miners squads have added two more names to their team sheets. Both recent editions come...

January 22, 2023

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 22 January

As a child - and to my consternation - I was constantly being threatened: “If you don’t behave yourself, young man, I’ll...

December 23, 2022

Miners announce two early names

WHILE the start of the 2023 NBL1 South season is still months away, the hasn’t stopped the Ballarat Miners from preparing their team sheets. Recently...

December 16, 2022

E-bike hire scheme rolls into town

BALLARAT has new way to get around with an e-bike hire scheme quietly launched last week. The scheme is run by Neuron Mobility, providers of...

December 16, 2022

Group throws shade on light’s enviro credentials

ANTI-Lake Wendouree Lighting project group, Get the Lake Lights Right, has claimed the City of Ballarat failed to seek Federal Government approval for works...

December 16, 2022

Seats declared, Staley officially out

THE official results from last month’s State election are in, and they have confirmed what many already knew, Ballarat is all Labor. Both Wendouree -...

December 16, 2022

Some surgeries off at Base

THE Ballarat Base Hospital will limit some elective surgeries until further notice. Implemented on Friday, 9 December, Grampians Health administrators moved to cut the volume...