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Weather halts works

By Helen Tatchell Towards Zero is a plan to achieve fewer than 200 deaths by 2020 and reduce serious injuries by 15% on Victoria’s roads,...
Ballan Jockey Club President Billy Smith with Catherine Moon

Ballan strikes gold

By Helen Tatchell  The sport of king’s holy grail is coming to Ballan. Worth close to $200,000, the iconic 18-carat gold 2017 Melbourne Cup will visit...

Call for WWI memories

By Jessica Howard James Hogg Moore was just 16-years-old when he successfully enlisted to serve in the First World War. Albert Manly was aged 45. The...
Local sculptor Paul Blizzard, pictured with his children (L-R) Indya, Jarra and Sage, designed and crafted an autumn leaf and literacy themed notice board outside the Ballan Library. Photo – Jane Gardner

Notice anything?

By Jessica Howard Ballan residents will now be more in the know thanks to a new notice board outside the local library. The new board...
Managing Director (WW) Neil Brennan (left) with WW staff member and CFA member Neil Smith. Photo - WW

Don’t be a drip, be prepared

By Jessica Howard Western Water has reminded Bacchus Marsh residents to consider their water supply in preparation for the bushfire season. Graham Holt, Western Water’s...
Bernie and Asha Shanahan (rear centre) have taken over an iconic business in Ballan, 25-years after founders (L-R) Peter Nolan and Lloyd Robertson opened the doors. Photo – Helen Tatchell

New elders take over landmark business

By Jessica Howard After 25-years, the owners of Crossroads Trading in Ballan are hanging up their boots. Lloyd Robertson and Peter Nolan purchased the Old...
Geoff Howard amidst the major road works underway at Pykes Creek Bridge, Myrniong. Photo – Damien Wieland

Roadworks to improve the drive

By Jessica Howard The Pykes Creek Reservoir Bridge is well on its way to being significantly strengthened, thanks to a $4 million upgrade. Member for Buninyong,...

Everything horse and more

Everything horse and more Equitana or horsey heaven, the biggest equine extravaganza in the Southern Hemisphere, is returning to Melbourne later this year - and...

Calling Australia home

By Helen Tatchell “I’m an Australia Day Ambassador because this is my country, not by birth, but where I live,” George Ermer told the crowd...

Liberal candidate chosen for Ballarat

A 22-year-old university student will contest for the seat of Ballarat in the upcoming Federal election. Timothy Vo, who is involved with the Ballan Football...