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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April 8, 2021

Redistribution has big impacts on Shire

THE Australian Electoral Commission has released proposed adjustments to Federal electorates in Victoria and they potentially include big changes in Golden Plains. Statewide, Victoria is...

April 6, 2021

Cash boost to give Voice diversity

A GRANT from the State Government is set to increase the range of multicultural programming offered by community broadcaster Voice FM. Announced on Monday, $50,000...

April 5, 2021

Eureka Mums backed by donations

TWO philanthropic groups have recently made donations to post-natal support organisation Eureka Mums. A combined $4000 was recently gifted by the Freemasons Foundation and the...

April 1, 2021

Woady PS gets cash for major fixes

THE four campuses of Woady Yaloak Primary will be undergoing major works after an announcement of money from the State Government. Revealed at the Ross...

April 1, 2021

Fun in the sun on Bunny’s big day

IT was all about celebrating bunny ears and chocolate eggs on Sunday as Smythesdale’s historic precinct turned into an Easter festival. Run by the town’s...

April 1, 2021

BDBD Saturday Pennant grand finals – Results

Ballarat District Bowls Division SATURDAY PENNANT GRAND FINALS   PREMIERS Ballarat 54 lost to Victoria 60 Cornish, Stewart, Wood, Wood, 25; Harrison, Oswin, Haynes, Clark, 19; Eastman, Fothergill, Lennecke, Brown,...

March 29, 2021

Who are we? We are worth celebrating

A BALLARAT wide campaign aimed at bringing together the community and celebrating everything that’s great about the city has been officially launched. Known as We...

March 25, 2021

Vixens set for BSEC showdowns

SUPER Netball side the Melbourne Vixens are heading to town in early April for a pair of pre-season games against Adelaide Thunderbirds at the...

March 19, 2021

Group to focus on Linton building’s future

WHAT to do with the old Linton shire offices? That’s a question now being put to eight community members who have formed part of a...

March 15, 2021

Tile tradie top of his game

A YOUNG tiling apprentice from Alfredton has been named as one of the region’s best by Master Builders Victoria. Twenty-four-year-old Kale Faull, who works at...

March 11, 2021

Sunflower effort in full bloom

WHAT do you do with a large field that’s too wet to plant other crops in? That’s a question faced by Murray McConachy last spring,...

March 11, 2021

Well to host free co-working space

PLANS for the Shire’s first co-working space have been unveiled. Set for The Well at Smythesdale, and to be known as the Digital Hub, the...

March 11, 2021

Solar boost for schools

THIRTEEN locations across eight school campuses in the greater Ballarat area are set to receive solar energy systems under a plan announced by the...

March 11, 2021

Fresh food grants served up

VICHEALTH has announced a new round of grants aimed at organisations who provide food relief to members of the community post-pandemic. Unveiled by the organisation’s...

March 11, 2021

Rush line up nearly set

WITH just over a month before the start of the NBL1 South Season, the final makeup of the Selkirk Ballarat Rush is becoming clearer. In...

March 11, 2021

Under 9s to get back on the track

AFTER a successful debut in 2019, the Western Bulldogs Under 9 competition will return to the region for term two this year. Featuring teams nine...

March 4, 2021

Bird flu battle over

THE avian influenza outbreaks that saw tens of thousands of chickens and turkeys in the Shire destroyed and poultry locked down has officially come...

March 4, 2021

Future of Shire public holiday up for grabs

GOLDEN Plains Shire’s municipally gazetted public holiday is currently under review and your input is wanted. For the last 10 years the Shire has been...

March 4, 2021

Works ahead for central road

CONSTRUCTION is underway to a three-and-a-half-kilometre section of the Shelford-Mt Mercer Road just south of Mount Mercer. Costing $1.1 million, the upgrades include shoulder widening...

March 4, 2021

COVID jabs get underway

DOSES of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination have started in the region with early jabs going to seniors in facilities across Ballarat. One of the first...

March 4, 2021

Miners ink more names to squad

THE Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners line-up for the upcoming NBL1 South season is becoming clearer following a series of player announcements recently. [caption id="attachment_74804" align="alignright"...

March 2, 2021

Western’s Sanchez breaks Victory hearts

VICTOR Sanchez was the hero as his ninety-fifth-minute strike secured a dramatic 4-3 win for ten-man Western United over A-League rivals Melbourne Victory on...

February 25, 2021

Schools to play for Respect

LORETO and St Pat’s will head to Geelong next week to take part in the inaugural Respect Cup. The event, to be played on Tuesday,...

February 25, 2021

Centrals get strong Div 3 win

CENTRAL Wendouree's Ian Barnett celebrated a return to bowls after the short COVID lockdown with a Division 3 win on home own turf in...

February 24, 2021

Family to ride on-field

THREE generations of the same family will take to the polocrosse field this weekend as the Ballan Polocrosse Club hosts its annual carnival in...

February 22, 2021

Call for clarity on COVID measures

KEY organisations from across the city, including Commerce Ballarat, the Committee for Ballarat, and Ballarat Regional Tourism have launched a new campaign urging the...

February 21, 2021

Creative light on darkness

Upcoming exhibition a celebration of victory over extreme challenges.

AS the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was taking place,...

February 19, 2021

Three new Vic COVID-19 cases recorded

VICTORIA has recorded three new locally acquired cases of coronavirus. The Health Department on Friday confirmed the cases are linked to the Holiday Inn outbreak...