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Lite to ignite kaleidoscope of fun

By Jessica Howard  Ballan will be seen in a different light this month as fluorescent art and decorations transform the facades of over 30 shopfronts. Black...
WestWind Commercial Operations Manager, Marla Brauer looks over the plans with Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard. Photo – Damien Wieland

Minister blows wind, not smoke

By Kate Taylor It came with the headline ‘new jobs breeze into the Ballarat region with wind farm approval’ – but the media release on West Wind Energy’s...

Grassroots sport declines

By Jessica Howard Country football and netball clubs may face the final siren as they struggle with a lack of players and shrinking populations. In the...
Operation gun safe – Constable Andy Goel and James Peterson from Bacchus Marsh police with confiscated weapons. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Firearms must be safe

By Jessica Howard Local police are urging gun owners to be vigilant in keeping track of and storing their weapons. Ballan Officer in Charge, Sergeant Michael...
Bag snatcher Cherry Waterbury with fellow actors (L-R) Leon Newton, Bruce Carboon, Herman Jansink and Eric Daws. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Caught in the act

By Jessica Howard It’s been two decades since the Bacchus Marsh Players performed at the local public hall, but they’re ready to get the show on the road again. The...

Avenue fatality

By Jessica Howard A Bacchus Marsh man has fronted court following a fatal crash in the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour. Paul Smith appeared in the...

A woman making it happen

By Jessica Howard It’s only fitting that Noelle Dickson is the face of an innovative health campaign titled ‘Women Making It Happen’. The Bacchus Marsh resident...
Ballan Lionesses Float - Winner of Mayor's Award

Ballan Autumn Festival – Parade Results

Mayor’s Award: Most outstanding float by a community group Ballan Lioness Club Most Popular Sporting Group Kyokushin Karate Most Outstanding Commercial Entry Mill Rose Café Most Outstanding Individual Entry Colin Holmes Most Outstanding School Entry Ballan...
(L-R) Mel Halliday, Zhoe Clarke and Ash Halliday are part of the Senior Women’s football team for the Bacchus Marsh Cobra’s. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Be a part of the trend

By Jessica Howard  Bacchus Marsh Cobras are encouraging more women to join the female football revolution. Bacchus Marsh Football Netball Club women’s coordinator, Rod Bertram said...
Geoff Howard (MP) and Central Highlands Water Chair, Jeremy Johnson inspect the new hydro plant at Lal Lal. Photo – Damien Wieland

Powered by water

By Kate Taylor A mini hydro station at Lal Lal Reservoir is now up and running. In the absence of the state water minister, Member for Buninyong Geoff...