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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Author: Melissa WattsCategories: Issues, Stories, Health

It’s not until you witness or experience it firsthand that you remember just how important it is. Nurses, paramedics and emergency services are worth their weight in gold. It is easy to imagine that the Ghost of Christmas Future might show that if these workers continue in tough conditions we

Arts are Alive in Ballarat

Arts are Alive in Ballarat Author: Leon DwyerCategories: Stories, Arts, Community, Announcements

During 2011 a large and somewhat anarchic group formed to discuss and lobby for the arts. The membership of around 500 arts practitioners and supporters grew from facebook discussions about invigorating and nurturing the arts of this region.

With love, Shayna - Chilli Beetroot Hummus

With love, Shayna - Chilli Beetroot Hummus Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Food, Recipes

Beetroot. It's a glorious vegetable, and, other than its tendency to stain everything that comes in contact with its juices, so very versatile.

Facts about people with disability in Australia

Facts about people with disability in Australia Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health, Politics, Economy, Education

Lets get some facts and figures about disability sorted out. According to the ABS, just under one in five Australians, or four million people, are officially recognised by the government as having pensionable disabilities. Of those, 15.6% site a bad back as their disability and 14.8% claim they have

16 Songs to Stop Violence Against Women

16 Songs to Stop Violence Against Women Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Music, Announcements

While the international campaign 16 days of activism to end violence against women gains force across the world, Victorians have been marking the event creatively. A hip-hop CD containing messages against violence and promoting respectful relationships has been created and distributed across the cou

Pollie Profile - Craig Fletcher - Central Ward

Pollie Profile - Craig Fletcher - Central Ward Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Politics

Cr Craig Fletcher, Mayor of the City of Ballarat at the time of this interview, describes himself as a "boy from Sebas" and just wants to sit down for a chat. Jon Stanger sat down for a chat with the Mayor, the only thing was that a media minder was also in attendance. This aside, Craig Fletcher com

With love, Shayna - All Wrapped Up

With love, Shayna - All Wrapped Up Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Food, Make things

Christmas is upon us!  This week I've collated some images of the gifts I'll be giving this Christmas - all dolled up in fancy packaging with an indication of where I purchased the paper, labels, bottles, material and so on and so forth.  Enjoy! 

Give all children a Merry Christmas

Give all children a Merry Christmas Author: Robyn PerhamCategories: Issues, Stories, Community, Health

It might be the first time this month you’ve asked a question like this, but it's more than likely the 10th time that day this poor kid has been asked the same rude question.

10 secrets of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute

10 secrets of the Ballarat Mechanics Institute Author: Melissa WattsCategories: Stories, Community, History, Education

The Ballarat Mechanics' Institute sits proudly in the centre of the city, but what do you really know about it? Melissa Watts discovers that inside the old building is a hive of activity.

Paddock Trees - a 'balanced' appoach

Paddock Trees - a 'balanced' appoach Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Food, Environment

Andrew Bradey, President of the Environmental Farmers Network, believes that the "balanced approach" proposed by the Victorian Farmers Federation is their code for a return to unregulated tree clearing.

Ballarat Bicycle Strategy gets a push

Ballarat Bicycle Strategy gets a push Author: Jon StangerCategories: Issues, Stories, Transport

Interview with John Barnes, Chairman of Ballarat Bicycle Users Group: making Ballarat a bicycle-friendly city and a look at the progress of Council's Cicycle Strategy.

With love, Shayna – Handmade Shower Caps

With love, Shayna – Handmade Shower Caps Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Make things

‘But why do you need an attractive looking shower cap?' Why indeed! These shower caps are the perfect handmade gift for those who like a bit of luxurious pampering in their lives.

Time out, Mr Howard

Time out, Mr Howard Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Education

As a teacher, it's my number one responsibility not to teach students the knowledge and skills that they will need to get by in the increasingly complex 21st century world, but to instill a creeping, gnawing dread deep within their hearts.

Conroy’s broadband claims unsourced, unjustified

Conroy’s broadband claims unsourced, unjustified Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Economy

Senator Conroy's speech to the National Press Club this week was as sloppy as it was vulgar.

The secret $80m project you should know more about

The secret $80m project you should know more about Author: John BarnesCategories: Issues, Stories, Politics, Economy, Sport

“...it is a story of discrete liaisons and commercial-in-confidence veils that shield this project from the public view.”

Leading note theatre wins production of the year

Leading note theatre wins production of the year Author: Categories: Stories, Arts, Announcements

The Boy From Oz receives 3 awards from Music Theatre Guild of Victoria

Indonesian move displaces thousands in West Papua

Indonesian move displaces thousands in West Papua Author: Categories: Issues, Stories, Politics

We care - Thousands of people have reportedly fled in terror from a large area in Paniai, West Papua as a massive combined Police and military offensive attacked villages on December 13, attempting to break armed resistance from pro-independence guerrillas.

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