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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 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 5, 2021

Health service merger okayed

THE State Government has given the thumbs up to a merger of regional health services. Described as a “voluntary amalgamation”, as of 1 November Grampians...

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...

November 4, 2021

Historic building back on offer

PLANS on what to do with the former municipal offices at Linton are back up in the air after a group formed to help...

October 29, 2021

Small schools get big funding boost

PUPILS at smaller schools across the region are set to benefit from an increase in their allocation of funds as part of the Tutors...

October 29, 2021

Roll in to the drive in!

BALLARAT’S pop-up drive in theatre is returning to the showgrounds following a COVID and winter-imposed pause. Operated by Delacombe Town Centre-based Showbiz Cinemas, the movies...

October 22, 2021

Locals join search for aquatic icon

PEOPLE from across the community have come together at two locations in the south of the Shire recently to help find and count an...

October 14, 2021

Playground pulled in timing tangle

KIDS in Enfield will be without a playground for up to three months after Golden Plains Shire officers removed the town’s existing facility at...

October 7, 2021

More projects could get Fed money

CAPITAL works and community projects across Golden Plains Shire could receive a funding boost following the allocation of money from a Federal Government scheme. Known...

October 7, 2021

SpringFest heads back online

On-going COVID-19 uncertainty around mass gatherings has lead organisers of this year’s SpringFest Market Sunday to cancel the return of the physical event. Run by...

October 1, 2021

New chair for water board

CENTRAL Highlands Water has announced new appointments to its board, including the utility’s first female chair. Current deputy-chair Angeleen Jenkins will take a step up...

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...