About: Alistair Finlay

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

April 6, 2020

No wards confirmed for Golden Plains Shire at next election

DESPITE spending thousands of dollars on a State government mandated electoral representation review twelve months ago, Golden Plains Shire will go to October’s...

April 4, 2020

Statewide role for local business leader

WHO would want the job of leading the group charged with advising the State government on small business in Victoria right now? With the COVID-19...

April 2, 2020

Farmers’ markets head online following shut down

AS the COVID-19 pandemic impacts life in almost every way, one group of small business owners are getting a grassroots helping hand. When the City...

April 2, 2020

City set for single councillor wards

THERE are changes coming to the structure local politicians are elected under in Ballarat, with the municipality moving to single councillor wards. The switch comes...

April 1, 2020

Public not allowed to attend council meeting

TONIGHT’S City of Ballarat council meeting is still set to go ahead, however the public and media will not be permitted to attend in...

April 1, 2020

Golf results for Wednesday, 1 April

Bannockburn Golf Club Saturday, 26 March - Stableford 1st - D Van Den Bosch 39, 2nd - P Graham 38, 3rd - B Bentley 36, 4th...

March 30, 2020

Walk off but true outsider art partly on show

ORGANISERS of the upcoming ArtWalk in Soldiers Hill have called off the event due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. However, as walking with appropriate social...

March 27, 2020

Golden Plains Shire closes some public spaces

GOLDEN Plains Shire has moved to shut down a range of public spaces and amenities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. From today playgrounds, skateparks,...

March 27, 2020

City suspends rate bill in some cases due to COVID-19

MUNICIPAL rates for people experiencing in hardship as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic will be suspended until the end of June under...

March 25, 2020

Announcement regarding our Community Corner section

IN light of the current COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to make changes to our free community noticeboard section, Community Corner. As of the 2...

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 council coup kyboshed

SOCIAL distancing was in action at the Golden Plains Shire council meeting on Tuesday. Held at the Cultural Centre in Bannockburn, the meeting was moved...

March 22, 2020

Statement from the Premier

Released to the media at 2.50pm.

March 21, 2020

What’s in Golden Plains recycling under scrutiny

OFFICERS from Golden Plains Shire are undertaking random spot check on what’s being placed in domestic kerbside recycling bins. The move comes after recycling services...

March 20, 2020

Blooming great at Formosa Gardens Nursery & Cafe

There’s always time for another look at Formosa Gardens Nursery & Cafe

CHANGE is a big...

March 19, 2020

Accelerate your cooking skills with Ford

CATERING and culinary doyen Peter Ford is preparing to share his skills with keen cooks during the first event as part of his 2020...

March 18, 2020

City shuts down non-critical services due to virus

NON-essential operations run by the City of Ballarat will close for at least a month as the municipality does what it can to help...

March 18, 2020

Free parking spearheads Be Kind Ballarat initiative

THE City of Ballarat had launched a new public awareness campaign titled Be Kind Ballarat in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking outside town...

March 18, 2020

Commerce Ballarat hosts COVID-19 mental health online events

IN response to growing concerns about the impacts of COVID-19 on business and especially the mental health of workers and owners, Commerce Ballarat is...

March 18, 2020

Golden Plains Arts Trail closed

ORGANISERS of this weekend’s Golden Plains Arts Trial have announced that the event is off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move comes following...

March 17, 2020

Football/ netball postponed or cancelled

THE Ballarat Football Netball League regular seasons will have a delayed start due to COVID-19 this year following an announcement made late Tuesday afternoon...

March 16, 2020

Golden Plains Shire announces COVID-19 measures

11.50am, 18 March UPDATE:

Essential services still operating at this stage including community care and maternal health

GOLDEN Plains Shire has announced it has...

March 14, 2020

State government advice on COVID-19

AS you may be aware the World Health Organization, and subsequently governments around the globe, have declared COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, a pandemic. A...

March 13, 2020

Ballan Autumn Fest postponed

ORGANISERS of Sunday’s Ballan Autumn Festival have moved to postpone the event due to COVID-19. In a notice posted to social media organisers said, “We...

March 13, 2020

Rock crushing gets approval

A ROCK crushing plant at Teesdale that’s been operating for three years without a permit received formal approval from Golden Plains Shire council at...

March 13, 2020

Road ready to feed food bowl

JUST under one-and-a-half million dollars’ worth of upgrades on Tall Tree Road at Lethbridge is complete. The project, which was undertaken by Golden Plains Shire...

March 6, 2020

Pet rental law changes come into effect

NEW regulations relating to pets and rental properties have come into effect as of 2 March, with the State government and tenant advocacy groups...

March 5, 2020

Some farmers retain rate break, some landowners to pay more

GOLDEN Plains Shire has confirmed its plan for rating differentials in the municipality for next financial year. Known as a rating strategy, the main element...

March 5, 2020

Council approves big subdivision of its own land – Golden Plains Shire meeting briefs

A BEEFY agenda greeted all who made it to the first Golden Plains Shire council meeting of the year, held in Bannockburn on Wednesday,...