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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November 20, 2018

Sebas pitched more trees and open space

THE Sebastopol community is being offered more trees and public open space as part of wider improvements to the area. Pledged by Labor candidate for...

November 14, 2018

Lib vow to clean up Mall and bus interchange

COMING on top of a pledge to task protective service officer in the Bridge Mall, the Coalition has doubled down on safety and security,...

November 14, 2018

Coalition promise millions for Ballarat schools

SOME area schools, state and Catholic, are in line for significant capital works if the Coalition wins on 24 November. Mt Rowan Secondary School would...

November 14, 2018

$10 million for grand old queen

RENOVATIONS at Her Majesty’s Theatre will get a $10 million cash injection if the ALP retains power in under two weeks. With a total $22.3...

November 7, 2018

New hockey field a possibility

THE region’s field hockey players could be in for a significant boost if the Coalition win government later this month. With player numbers increasing over...

November 7, 2018

Back to the farm focus for this year’s Ballarat Show

HOW the things we eat and wear get from the farmgate to our plates and wardrobes will take centre stage at this year’s Ballarat...

November 7, 2018

Stars to shine bright for Drought Angels fundraiser

AS organisers of this year’s Ballarat Show try and pivot the event back to its local and regional agricultural roots, they are also thinking...

November 7, 2018

Consultation key to Johnson’s run

A LACK of community consultation on some of Ballarat’s biggest projects is the motivation behind Amy Johnson’s tilt at state parliament. The second-term city councillor,...

November 7, 2018

Poppies placed ahead of Remembrance Day event

REMEMBRANCE Day preparations are well underway across the district. Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour is no exception as students from area schools began the mammoth task...

November 7, 2018

Settle goes $95K better on Haddon stadium

LABOR candidate for Buninyong, Michaela Settle, has pledged $220,000 for upgrades for the playing surface at the Haddon Recreation Reserve Stadium. The election promise was...

November 7, 2018

Flipping cars and pulling trams

STRONG men and women will be back at SpringFest this year, and this time they are flipping a cars along with the traditional tram...

November 1, 2018

McIntosh mayor again, Rinaldi deputy

SAMANTHA McIntosh is the Mayor of Ballart for the third year running, and Jim Rinaldi is her new deputy, following a council meeting on...

November 1, 2018

Safer puppies and people as final dog park announced

THE final portion of a $60,000 pledge for fenced off dog parks in Ballarat has been announced and the winner is Miners Rest. Member for...

November 1, 2018

Haddon Stadium upgrade pledge

IT was a case of back to his roots for the Liberal candidate for Buninyong, Andrew Kilmartin, following a recent $125,000 pledge to upgrade...

November 1, 2018

Payroll tax cut focus for Lib leader visit

LESS than 24 hours after officially kicking off his campaign to become Premier, Opposition Leader Matthew Guy was in Ballarat spruiking his plan for...

November 1, 2018

Eureka pushes the top team in The Athlete’s Foot Cup

Eureka has thrown down a spirited challenge to the undefeated Brown Hill in round four of Ballarat netball’s premier competition The Athlete’s Foot Cup. Led...

November 1, 2018

SpringFest Kids Wunderfest takes the cake

PLANNING for this year’s SpringFest is well underway and now organisers have unveiled the activities for the RACV Goldfields Resort Kids Wunderfest. Cupcakes will be...

November 1, 2018

New Australians take the pledge

THE region has seven new citizens following a ceremony at last week’s Golden Plains Shire council meeting in Linton. John Callus from Malta now living...

October 25, 2018

Youth mental health a focus for Libs funding pledge

YOUTH mental health service – headspace – is inline for a funding boost should the Coalition win government in November. In Ballarat on Wednesday, Shadow...

October 25, 2018

Pair earn top Scouting award

THERE’S two new Queen’s Scouts in town. Jeremy Coad and Jesse Cruickshank were both presented with the Queen’s Scout Award at a ceremony held in...

October 18, 2018

Placing poppies more than just remembrance

STUDENTS from Pleasant Street Primary School were hard at work at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial last week helping trusties get ready for...

October 18, 2018

GovHub project contractors announced

WORK on the GovHub site at the rear of Civic Hall is expected to get underway by Christmas with the state government announcing the...

October 18, 2018

Local Greens officially launch election campaign

THREE Victorian Greens candidates running for Ballarat seats, along with a Western Victoria upper house hopeful, and the state party leader, launched their party’s...

October 18, 2018

Brown Hill on top in The Athlete’s Foot Cup

BROWN Hill has set itself up as the only unblemished team after just two rounds of Ballarat netball’s premier competition, The Athlete’s Foot Cup. The...

October 18, 2018

Little Aths back on track

FOR the first time since the early ‘70s Buninyong Little Athletics Club is back on the track and numbers are growing. Over 100 kids are...

October 10, 2018

LOLA to go beyond the word

LINTON is about to make a huge splash on the arts scene. The inaugural edition of LOLA, or Linton On Literary Arts, is an ambitious...

October 10, 2018

Film opening chance to help Hospice

Regent Cinemas is hosting its annual Ballarat Hospice Care fundraiser with the premiere screening of A Star is Born on Thursday, 18 October and its...

October 10, 2018

ALP launches Wendouree campaign

PARTY faithful filled the club rooms at Wendouree West Recreation Reserve last Friday for the official launch of the Labor Party’s campaign to retain...