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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December 17, 2020

Season’s greetings from Smythesdale

A PROJECT by the Smythesdale Progress Association to bring some festive joy to the town’s historical precinct has been unveiled. Murals depicting the 12 Days...

December 17, 2020

Shire locks in holiday changes

SERVICE closures and changes have been announced by Golden Plains Shire, with several offerings affected. Both municipal customer service centres at Bannockburn and Smythesdale will...

December 17, 2020

Leadership role for Kirby

GOLDEN Plains Shire mayor Cr Helena Kirby has been named to a key leadership position with a statewide local government group. Last Friday she was...

December 14, 2020

Big BMI book bonanza is back!

WHILE it might be a bit later in the year than normal, the Ballaarat Mechanics’ Institute annual book sale is set to return next...

December 12, 2020

Christmas market returns

GOLDEN Plains annual festive Twilight Market will return to the Bannockburn Heart on Thursday, 17 December. In what is becoming a Christmas tradition, the event...

December 11, 2020

Old Shire Hall, on offer, again

Calls for expressions of interest on the old Bannockburn Shire Hall have gone out. If the process seems familiar, it is, with the site first...

December 10, 2020

New heart starter for Meredith

RESIDENTS at Meredith have a new grab and go option if anyone in the district suffers a cardiac arrest. A modern automatic external defibrillator has...

December 10, 2020

Your perfect Christmas tree, made easy

TWO Ballarat’s Scout groups have teamed up this festive season to bring fresh cut Christmas tree joy to the city. Both the 3rd Ballarat and...

December 10, 2020

Taps turned on at water park

CENTREPIECE of the multi-million-dollar Bannockburn Heart development, the water play space, has been switched on for summer. The splash park will operate from 9am to...

December 10, 2020

New role for Riordan

MEMBER for Polwarth Richard Riordan has landed a new job as part of the State opposition’s mid-term shadow cabinet reshuffle. Along with his previous roles...

November 19, 2020

Big banned snake seized

CONSERVATION Regulator wildlife officers from Agriculture Victoria, along with Victoria Police, seized an albino Burmese python from home in Ballarat last week. The exotic animal,...

November 16, 2020

Monument to mark soldier pioneers

JUST under a century ago, returned service men and women from World War I started moving onto land around Mannibadar. Known as soldier settlements, their...

November 10, 2020

Got time for tea with Tehan?

MEMBER for Wannon and Federal education minister Dan Tehan is having a cuppa, and you’re invited to join him. Mr Tehan has launched a monthly...

November 6, 2020

Ballarat’s councillors confirmed

AFTER months of campaigning and weeks of voting and results tallying, the nine councillors who’ll represent the people of the City of Ballarat for...

November 6, 2020

Health services look at merger

THE boards of Ballarat Health Services and Wimmera Health Care Group have announced they are looking at amalgamating. The move comes after they both began...

November 6, 2020

BGT names new board chair

VOCATIONAL training and job assistance not-for-profit BGT named a new board chair at the organisation’s recent annual general meeting.  

November 6, 2020

A voice for people of all abilities

A NEW complaints service has been established for people with disability and their families to raise concerns about workers entrusted with their care. Set up...

November 6, 2020

Making every frog count

NATIONWIDE citizen science project, FrogID, gets jumping this week. Now in its third year the weeklong event is run but the Australian Museum and calls...

November 5, 2020

Ballarat Times takes highly commended award

THE Ballarat Times has received a highly commended honour in the 2020 Victorian Country Press Association awards. Received in the category of Overall Newspaper Excellence...

November 5, 2020

Ballarat Cup attendees to be extremely limited

THE Ballarat Turf Club has announced that a very small number of people will be able to attend this year’s race day in person. Despite...

November 5, 2020

Revved up for retro movie time

IT’S been nearly three decades since Ballarat last had a drive-in cinema, but that’s about to change in just a few days the Showgrounds...

November 5, 2020

Free plants from Friends of the Gardens

SPRING has well and truly sprung, and the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens have been making the most of the growing season. As a...

November 5, 2020

Form and function from adversity

Never touch an Allen key again thanks to Formed by Function from Ballarat’s own Form Imagination.

October 8, 2020

Howard makes payment pledge

CENTRAL Ward candidate in the City of Ballarat council vote, Geoff Howard, has said that if elected he will donate his annual councillor payment...

October 6, 2020

Early rail gates crash report released

A PRELIMINARY report into May’s train crash at the Lydiard Street rail gates has been released by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, but the...

October 4, 2020

Hudson hawkish on community engagement

AFTER eighteen years on the City of Ballarat council, Cr Des Hudson is seeking another term representing South Ward. Despite a clear record of electoral...

September 30, 2020

Golden Plains-wide poultry housing order lifted

But all birds in restricted area still need to be kept inside. AN order from Agriculture Victoria that all poultry in Golden Plains Shire be...

September 23, 2020

How much money did each City of Ballarat councillor claim in expenses?

TWO-hundred and five-thousand, four-hundred and twenty-seven dollars and eighty cents. That’s how much all nine current City of Ballarat councillors have collectively claimed in expenses...