Melanie Whelan, The Courier

Melanie Whelan

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Ballarat, VIC, Australia

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Recent articles by Melanie:

Claire Morris launches Get Informed to bridge health education gap

Get Informed director Claire Morris is ready to tackle the seemingly tricky to make sure no questions go unanswered in helping young people navigate their health. THE QUESTION box is a tool Claire Morris has found makes most teachers cringe or break out in a light sweat. But the question box is usually Ms Morris' favourite part of any sexual education or health session at school. → Read More

Loreto College bus crash: portable classrooms to help recovery

Portable classrooms have been set up on the Loreto College oval as part of ongoing supports for students recovering from the horrific bus crash during the school holidays. Picture by Adam Trafford Portable classrooms are being installed as part of Loreto College's ongoing support for students and staff recovering from the horrific Western Freeway bus crash less than a fortnight ago. → Read More

Call to ensure vaccinations up to date against all disease, virus

Public health experts are urging parents to ensure their families are up-to-date with vaccinations after a polio case in New York state prompted a warning. EMERGING cases of poliomyelitis might have "snuck up behind us" in London and New York, but public health experts say it is a red flag reminder - even for families in regional Victoria. → Read More

Ballarat urged to be alert for mosquito-borne fevers this spring

Wet forecasts with warmer weather means there is the potential for extra sting from mosquitoes. WARNINGS are sounding early about Ballarat to be on guard against mosquitoes as the city heads into warmer spring weather. → Read More

Wilsons set to unveil Mair Street store revamp with heritage feel

Stocking up is Wilsons' Mel Fulcher, who can hardly wait to welcome loyal customers back into the Mair Street store on Saturday. Picture by Luke Hemer A NOD to heritage can be found in all the finishing touches of the renovated Wilsons Fruit and Vegetables shop on Mair Street. → Read More

Blak Design: Koorie Heritage Trust exhibition with Deanne and Tammy Gilson

Wadawurrung artists Deanne and Tammy Gilson with their creations for the Layers of Blak exhibition. Pictures courtesy of Koorie Heritage Trust DELVING into Blak Design pushed Wadawurrung artists Deanne and Tammy Gilson out of their comfort zone. → Read More

Ballarat roadworks cripple Delacombe car wash business at DTC

Added roadworks drive down car wash to crippling survival mode OVERWHELMED small business owner Jason Dunne fears he will become the first casualty of Delacombe roadworks, driven by a touted nine-week closure of a key thoroughfare. → Read More

COVID-19 in Ballarat: End to Creswick Road test site

The Creswick road COVID-19 testing facility in the lead-up to Christmas last year. COVID-19 testing on Creswick Road has taken its last swab. The drive-through site, on what has been a car park, closed on Wednesday afternoon and will be deconstructed and decommissioned before returning to council use. → Read More

Rotary Club of Ballarat East book sale features valuable non-fiction

Shelving great book ideas is Rotary Club of Ballarat East's David Stokes and Phil Mann ahead of another bumper fair this weekend. Picture by Luke Hemer VALUABLE Australiana treasure tomes have been added into one of the city's largest book fairs ahead of a charity sale this weekend. → Read More

Wynen's 'single' musical vision hits Melbourne Fringe Festival

The cast of You're a Catch! Why are you Single? earlier this year. Picture by Song Lu. AS SARAH Wynen went on date after date that did not quite go right - some more obscure than others - she decided to turn her experience into a musical theatre show. → Read More

East Ballarat Cricket Club nets need string of sunshine for completion

Waiting for some sunnier days is East Ballarat's new cricket nets facility at Russell Square. The Hawks hope to have the facility operational as soon as possible. Picture by Lachlan Bence CRICKET season starts on Saturday but East Ballarat Cricket Club remains locked in a battle with the weather to finish off its highly-anticipated, modern cricket nets. → Read More

Juggling speech pathology demands in bid for 'basic human right'

OT Dynamics speech therapist Annabelle Gilds. Picture courtesy OT Dynamics LENGTHY wait lists for speech pathology has forced practitioners to try and be more innovative and to work smarter to meet demand across western Victoria, Julie Warren says. → Read More

COVID-19 in Ballarat

DRIVE-through COVID-19 testing on Creswick Road is temporarily closed due to a power outage. → Read More

Youngsters tune in to rock out ol' tunes in special concert

Tuning up is Chatterbox Anne Havard and Ballarat Grammar Early Bird Sadie Wright before the Bigger Hearts Choir concert. Picture by Luke Hemer CHATTERBOX Anne Wright relished the chance to join her voice with other - not just for the great ol' tunes but to rock it out with others of similar experience and cute Early Birds. → Read More

AFL Grand Final and Queen's memorial public holiday sparks business in Ballarat and Daylesford

Busy scenes outside the Daylesford Hotel on Saturday amid an unexpected extra long weekend boost. Picture by Kate Healy. AN EXTRA public holiday, with respect to the Queen, has proven a bonus in Spa Country, a popular getaway destination that became a pandemic ghost town in lockdowns. → Read More

Living with Dementia: choir first concert and speech pathology support focus

Adding their voices are Maria van Ravenstein and Brooke Degrandi who have been rehearsing ahead of the first Bigger Hearts Dementia Choir concert for Dementia Action Week in Ballarat. Picture by Adam Trafford Juniors to join voices with Bigger Hearts CHORISTERS have found their hearts truly have become bigger by adding in a wide range of special voices ahead of a highly anticipated concert debut… → Read More

AFL Grand Final in Ballarat: City adopts Geelong Cats

Unleash the Cats! City adopts team from down the Midland | PHOTOS WHILE well-known for our lake with beautiful Swans, Ballarat was more like a Cat city on Saturday afternoon as the team from down the Midland ran rampant in the AFL Grand Final. → Read More

AFL Grand Final: Ballarat Cats' banner role while Swans fans fire

AFL in Ballarat: Purr-fectly set to pounce while Brutys' Bloods are pumping WE will not know what Ross Allen and Sharon Buttler have been creating, exactly, until it rolls out to a huge Cats' roar at the MCG on Saturday. → Read More

COVID-19 in Ballarat: Food truck roll-up to say thanks at hospital

Grampians Health Ballarat Base Hospital workers Dev Rareen dran and Lee Selmon enjoy grabbing a thank-you bagel during their shift. Picture by Lachlan Bence HOSPITAL day workers have been tasting a welcome boost for their hard work under ongoing plans to maintain morale amid the seemingly relentless COVID-19 pandemic. → Read More

COVID-19 in Ballarat: ready to face better summer wave

A Ballarat-Redan cricketer masks up last season under COVID-19 restrictions. Picture by Adam Trafford MASK-on or mask-off might be the prominent policy debate for Victorians but we "still have a job to do", a leading epidemiologist warns, as experts consider how the next COVID-19 wave to hit Australia might shape up. → Read More