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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September 30, 2021

Bus trail gassed up again

A TRIAL community bus service running in Golden Plains Shire has been extended until the end of the year. Originally launched in late July, the...

September 24, 2021

Second roundabout to get rolling

WORKS to add a roundabout on the Midland Highway at the intersection of Clyde Road just outside Bannockburn are expected to get underway soon. An...

September 18, 2021

Riordan rewarded in reshuffle

MEMBER for Polwarth, Richard Riordan, has been elevated to the shadow ministry following a state Liberal Party leadership spill that saw Mathew Guy returned...

September 18, 2021

City set for more social housing

SOCIAL housing providers in Ballarat are about to experience a mini boom following the release of funds for local projects from the State Government’s...

September 12, 2021

Regional health boss says COVID could be in Ballarat

THE medical director of the Grampians Public Health Unit, Associate Professor Rosemary Aldrich, has called on people in Ballarat to be on the lookout...

September 12, 2021

From the desk of Roland Rocchiccioli – 12 September

Comedy is serious busy, and hard work; especially if the audience does not respond in the way you anticipated. I have a...

September 12, 2021

Christmas tree tradition returns

AFTER a year off, the annual Christmas tree decorating competition is returning to Buninyong’s festive pop-up shop at the town hall. The idea is simple,...

September 10, 2021

Western United part of W-League expansion

THE W-League will expand from nine to twelve teams by 2023 in a bid to capitalise on the looming Women's World Cup in Australia...

September 7, 2021

Rail comp rolls in

A DESIGN competition aimed at getting school students to come up with public transport solutions is pulling into Ballarat. Known as Regional Rail Revival Design...

September 2, 2021

Proposed chicken farm cracks council

GOLDEN Plains Shire councillors were left with egg on their face after an attempt to deny a planning permit for a broiler chicken farm...

September 2, 2021

More cash for cats to get the snip

A DESEXING program for cats in Golden Plains Shire has been extended and at a reduced cost to pet owners. Launched earlier this year in...

September 2, 2021

BFNL cancels finals

FINALS in the Ballarat Football Netball League senior compertiions have been cancelled for 2021. A statement released by the league’s board on Wednesday night said...

August 21, 2021

Lots of mysticism on 1000 Doors

WHEN the city’s newest interactive public art installation, 1000 Doors, opens later this month, there’ll be a touch of the dark arts included. As part...

August 20, 2021

BLOC show pays it forward

AS part of opening night celebrations for BLOC Music Theatre’s production of Mamma Mia in May, the performance troop teamed up with the local...

August 6, 2021

Key music fests get cash support

TWIN iconic multiday events, the Meredith Music Festival and the Golden Plains Festival, are set to benefit from a Federal Government grant program. Organisers of...

August 5, 2021

Grants help events get quacking

FIVE community events in the south of the Shire will be able to run in a COVID safe manner, if and when they return,...

August 5, 2021

Netball courts get official opening, finally

OVER a year, and nearly a full - albeit interrupted - season of play, upgraded netball courts at Inverleigh have been officially opened. At an...

August 5, 2021

Commerce programs get State backing

THREE days after the latest round of COVID lockdown lifted, Commerce Ballarat became the recipient of a State Government grant to help local and...

July 31, 2021

Foto makes call out for helpers

ORGNISERS of next month’s Ballarat International Foto Biennale have put out the call for volunteer helpers. Set to run from 28 August to 24 October,...

July 31, 2021

Wind farm passes test

THE Stockyard Hill Wind Farm, located about thirty-five kilometres west of Ballarat, has cleared an important hurdle on its journey to full operation. Know as...

July 23, 2021

Gazette heads online part-time

GOLDEN Plains Shire’s official print publication is expanding with a new e-edition of the municipal gazette set to debut later this year. Known as the...

July 22, 2021

New bus part of transport shortfall

A NEW bus service trial underway in the north and south of the Shire has the ultimate goal of gathering data in support of...

July 22, 2021

Town meeting gets new date

A COMMUNITY feedback session on the Smythesdale Structure Plan originally set for last weekend has been rescheduled after the snap COVID-19 lockdown limited in-person...

July 15, 2021

500 games for Bunga’s legacy legend

WHEN Amanda Clarke walks out on court for her five-hundredth senior game of netball in the Central Highlands league on Saturday, her mind in...

July 15, 2021

New lights officially switched on

A YEARS long process to improve facilities for junior footballers at Lethbridge Recreation Reserve, home of the Rosellas, is complete with new lights and...

July 15, 2021

Miners add key COVID piece

WHILE the NBL1 South season may be well underway, that hasn’t stopped management at the Hotondo Homes Ballarat Miners from seeking to strengthen the...

July 8, 2021

Final call made on Federal lines

A FINAL decision has been made on the lower house boundaries for the next Federal election, and they are not much different to those...

July 8, 2021

Fines for non-compliant pool owners

OVER two-hundred and fifty pool and spa owners in Golden Plains Shire could be facing fines after the municipality noted they may not have...