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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January 20, 2022

Long awaited roadworks near done

THE roundabout at the eastern entrance to Bannockburn was promised less than three years ago by the Federal Government, and now it’s been delivered. With...

January 20, 2022

Junior cricketers get senior experience

YOUNG cricket players from across the north of the Shire came together in Linton on Sunday to get experience from one of the state’s...

January 20, 2022

Two more names join Miners

AS the start of the Coles Express NBL1 South season draws closer, the Ballarat Miners have announced more players are joining the club. Late last...

December 31, 2021

2021 – Year in review

At this time every December, as we get ready to celebrate the start of a new year, we also take a look...

December 16, 2021

Rinaldi returns for another season

THE Ballarat Miners have announced their first signing for next year’s Coles Express NBL1 South season, and she’s a well-known name. Kristy Rinaldi will run...

December 15, 2021

Golden Plains and Ballarat golf results for 15 December

Ballarat Golf Club Sunday, 12 December - Mixed team stableford 1st - L Roder, S McCuskey, P Roder and P McCuskey 125, 2nd - J Lawrence,...

December 10, 2021

Photo comp shows off Shire life

THE Golden Plains annual photo comp known as Spring in the Shire is set to come to a conclusion next week. Winners in the major...

December 9, 2021

CHFNL season fixture set

AFTER a weeks long process the Central Highlands Football Netball League’s fixture for next year has been set. While to begin with the schedule is...

December 2, 2021

Pasta masters toast of the town

FINALLY, the 2021 Federation Business School Commerce Ballarat Business Excellence Awards have come to a spectacular conclusion. While the category winners were revealed during an...

December 2, 2021

Fine idea feeds those is need

GEELONG Regional Library Corporation, the organisation that runs both the Bannockburn Library and mobile service that travels across Golden Plains, has come up with...

December 2, 2021

Fours comp marks return to lake life

WHILE on the outside last Sunday’s T.B. White & Sons Fours Tournament held at Learmonth Bowling Club might not have seemed out of the...

November 26, 2021

Ray of giving keeps shining bright

FOR a tenth year, local real estate agency Ray White is running its popular Christmas toy drive. Known as A Little Ray of Giving, the...

November 25, 2021

Turf Club back in the saddle

A FEW weeks out from the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup things were looking questionable. Metro Melbourne was in lockdown, other local government areas - including Ballarat...

November 25, 2021

Meaningful rides get go ahead

THE 2022 Ballarat Cycle Classic is under starter’s orders and it’s bigger than ever. Set for the weekend of Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 February,...

November 25, 2021

Miners unite as Hayes departs

THE Ballarat Miners have started making big off-court, off-season moves. Two major changes were announced last week, with the news club stalwart Eric Hayes would...

November 25, 2021

Footy stats deal by the numbers

STATS and analytics nerds are set to get a big boost in 2022 with the announcement that the Ballarat Football Netball League has signed...

November 21, 2021

Female fitness feedback sought

YOUNG women and girls from across the Shire are being encouraged to help take part in the creation of a new municipal Move Your...

November 21, 2021

Pound-for-pound, animal shelter the best

Shelter as part of the Pet Insurance Australia Companion Animal Rescue Awards. Run by animal rescue program Pets4Life, the awards aim recognise the best government...

November 21, 2021

Hit the open road and explore historical Hamilton

Venture into the Southern Grampians and find yourself in the historical township of Hamilton, the lively heart of Victoria’s farming industry.

THIS small...

November 18, 2021

Northern streetscapes on final journey

LIKE fresh bitumen tipped into a pothole on a winter’s day, plans to alter the main streets of towns in the north of the...

November 18, 2021

Slow and steady wins the race

IT’S taken more than two years, but upgrades at Teesdale’s Turtle Bend Reserve are now complete. The more than $480,000 project included a new bridge...

November 18, 2021

Boules rule at inaugural tourney

ABOUT a year after it was established, Ballarat Petanque Club has hosted its inaugural home tournament last weekend. Played on the club’s home court, the...

November 17, 2021

Strength comp rock solid

POWER and pride are on show this Saturday as Kryal Castle plays host to a partner strongman competition titled Game of Stones. Run by CB...

November 13, 2021

Andrews on Ballarat

Growth, boom gates and post-COVID life   IN what was his first major public appearance outside Treasury Gardens since the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Premier Daniel...

November 11, 2021

Little bridge gets flashy

A SMALL safety upgrade to a bridge in the She Oaks area has authorities hoping it’ll be enough to keep road users protected. The one-lane...

November 11, 2021

Water flows at rec reserve

YOU might think that good access to water is a must for any public space designated as a recreation reserve, but until recently that...

November 8, 2021

Lights change for south entrance

PLANS for upgrades to the Midland Highway at the southern entrance of Sebastopol have changed, with a roundabout set for the intersection at Docwra...

November 4, 2021

Shire further split under redraw

THE number of state politicians representing the people of Golden Plains Shire after the 2022 Victorian election is set to increase by one. That’s after...