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MAKE IT A GOOD FRIDAY - Little Emeliah Roberts with mum Tjanna and Bacchus Marsh Lions club members who are raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal (L-R) David Atterbury, Tim van de Poel, Ralph Fletcher and Terry Sytema. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Gift that may grow

By Jessica Howard For little Emeliah Roberts, Easter means much more than chocolate eggs. The one-year-old suffers from severe scoliosis and skeletal dysplasia, resulting in short...
New mum Brooke Grey and baby Zoey with Mayor Edwards at the new Maternal Health area inside the hub. Photo - Helen Tatchell

Award for early years facility

By Jessica Howard It’s been just three months since the Darley Early Years Hub opened its doors, but the local community centre has already taken...
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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...
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...

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...
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...
Ballan’s OIC Sgt Michael Kearnes is urging residents to have the screws in their vehicle number plates changed on Saturday 25 March in Ballan. Photo – Helen Tatchell

Get screwed

By Jessica Howard As number plate theft in the region continues to rise, local police are urging the community to lock down their plates with...