Spec.com.au | News Online from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria | Australia http://www.spec.com.au News headlines from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria. The latest headlines, news, sport, classifieds, online subscriptions, advertising and more from Spec.com.au. Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:08:34 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 Cops on patrol http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/cops-on-patrol/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/cops-on-patrol/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:08:34 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50255 MOTORISTS be warned … police will be out in full force this Easter weekend as...

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MOTORISTS be warned … police will be out in full force this Easter weekend as part of Operation Crossroads.
First Constable Dean McLaren, of Hamilton Highway Patrol, tells the Spectator’s Rick Koenig that police will be seen “anywhere, anytime” during the Easter break.

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Sixth biggest population decline in Vic http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/sixth-biggest-population-decline-in-vic/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/sixth-biggest-population-decline-in-vic/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:07:20 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50253 SOUTHERN Grampians Shire experienced Victoria’s sixth biggest population decline during the 2013/2014 financial year. Rex...

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SOUTHERN Grampians Shire experienced Victoria’s sixth biggest population decline during the 2013/2014 financial year.
Rex Martinich looks at the latest data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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It took only 29 days to gain a 32 per cent swing http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/it-took-only-29-days-to-gain-a-32-per-cent-swing/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/it-took-only-29-days-to-gain-a-32-per-cent-swing/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:06:27 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50251 INDEPENDENT Shepparton MP Suzanna Sheed has given a special insight into her stunning victory at...

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INDEPENDENT Shepparton MP Suzanna Sheed has given a special insight into her stunning victory at last year’s State election.
She speaks with Rex Martinich about her ability to end the National Party’s hold on the ‘safe seat’ with a 32 per cent swing after a campaign that lasted just 29 days.

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Rowe ready for Stawell http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/rowe-ready-for-stawell/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/rowe-ready-for-stawell/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:05:17 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50249 THIS region will continue to have a special link with the time honoured Stawell Gift...

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THIS region will continue to have a special link with the time honoured Stawell Gift over the Easter weekend.
Brendan Bunworth reports that former Dunkeld man Brenton Rowe will again compete on the national athletics stage.

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Equestrian passion drives success http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/equestrian-passion-drives-success/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/equestrian-passion-drives-success/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:04:05 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50247 SHARNA Kalms returned from this year’s Horse Riding Club Association of Victoria championships a dual...

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SHARNA Kalms returned from this year’s Horse Riding Club Association of Victoria championships a dual winner.
The Byaduk North resident speaks with Brendan Bunworth about her triumphs.

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Dual croquet champions http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/dual-croquet-champions/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/04/dual-croquet-champions/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 02:03:00 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50245 HAMILTON Croquet Club is celebrating the success of two of its members. Brian Mibus and...

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HAMILTON Croquet Club is celebrating the success of two of its members.
Brian Mibus and Cicely Fenton are the toast of the club after their respective triumphs at the South West Croquet Championships in Warrnambool.

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HS-20150331 http://espectator.spec.com.au/?iid=116299 http://espectator.spec.com.au/?iid=116299#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 23:00:05 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50238 The post HS-20150331 appeared first on Spec.com.au | News Online from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria | Australia.

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‘Ice task force’ slammed http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/ice-task-force-slammed/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/ice-task-force-slammed/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:16:52 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50236 WESTERN Victoria Region MP Simon Ramsay has criticised the State government’s plan for an “Ice...

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WESTERN Victoria Region MP Simon Ramsay has criticised the State government’s plan for an “Ice Task Force” which will have 100 days to develop a strategy that tackles Victoria’s ice epidemic.
The Andrews government announced earlier this month that it would spend $45.5 million on the plan including $15 million for new drug and booze buses and $18 million on rehabilitation services.
But Mr Ramsay told The Spectator that the multi-million-dollar plan largely ignores recommendations from the report he chaired on the supply and use of methamphetamine in Victoria.

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High fives and back flips at skate park opening http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/high-fives-and-back-flips-at-skate-park-opening/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/high-fives-and-back-flips-at-skate-park-opening/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:15:53 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50234 THE latest jewel in Hamilton’s ‘recreational crown’ was officially unveiled on Saturday. Tessa Hayward reports...

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THE latest jewel in Hamilton’s ‘recreational crown’ was officially unveiled on Saturday.
Tessa Hayward reports that the new $265,000 skate park was inundated with more than 200 people.

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A dream comes true http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/a-dream-comes-true/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/a-dream-comes-true/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:15:06 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50232 An ambition to join the Australian Defence Force is set to become a reality for...

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An ambition to join the Australian Defence Force is set to become a reality for a Hamilton man.
Phil Holmes speaks with Matt Trounce, who this week embarks on basic training in Wagga Wagga.

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Lazarus outdone http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/lazarus-outdone/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/lazarus-outdone/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:14:21 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50230 IT’S been dubbed the greatest comeback since Lazarus. Lloyd Ilett reports on the final day...

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IT’S been dubbed the greatest comeback since Lazarus.
Lloyd Ilett reports on the final day of play in the HDCA A grade grand final in which St Andrew’s claimed the ultimate prize.

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Kangaroos testing the waters http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/kangaroos-testing-the-waters/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/kangaroos-testing-the-waters/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:13:35 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50228 THE Hamilton Kangaroos have further enhanced their build up to the 2015 Hampden Football Netball...

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THE Hamilton Kangaroos have further enhanced their build up to the 2015 Hampden Football Netball League season.
The club’s senior football team took centre stage on Saturday at Friendlies Society Park in Warrnambool.

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Kangaroos breeze through cup games http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/kangaroos-breeze-through-cup-games/ http://www.spec.com.au/2015/03/kangaroos-breeze-through-cup-games/#comments Mon, 30 Mar 2015 04:12:19 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50226 THE Hamilton Kangaroos netballers are off and running for season 2015. The Kangaroos went through...

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THE Hamilton Kangaroos netballers are off and running for season 2015.
The Kangaroos went through Saturday’s pre-season competition in Warrnambool with an unblemished record.

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HS-20150328 http://espectator.spec.com.au/?iid=116132 http://espectator.spec.com.au/?iid=116132#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 23:00:58 +0000 http://www.spec.com.au/?p=50219 The post HS-20150328 appeared first on Spec.com.au | News Online from Hamilton, Portland and South-West Victoria | Australia.

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