Melanie Whelan, The Courier

Melanie Whelan

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Ballarat, VIC, Australia

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Past articles by Melanie:

Ballarat Community Health to take lead in alcohol, drug, mental health shift

The shift aims to better meet individual needs and create greater health collaboration. → Read More

Lisa Cressey and family lead Melbourne Ukulele Festival 2023 program

This ukulele-playing family is running the state's biggest festival in this music discipline. → Read More

First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria call out to shape treaty

Uncle Michael Bell says there is a lot of talent in the state's south-west to lead the next... → Read More

Ballarat High School's purpose-built well-being hub

Rare for a state school, High overhaul redefines well-being for students. → Read More

Senator Pat Dodson in Ballarat forum on voice to parliament

The weight of the discussion ahead is not lost on Ballarat's Shu Brown. → Read More

MELANIE WHELAN: Concussion focus

Western Bulldog Liam Picken is stretchered from the Mars Stadium after being knocked out in a marking contest in a 2018 pre-season match. Picture by Dylan Burns THIS uncomfortable picture should at the least get you thinking about football's still largely unknown toll in what we have demanded from our players. → Read More

Buninyong gardener Miriam Powell retires aged 97

Miriam began the gardening venture when her sons were in primary school. The eldest is now 71. → Read More

Ballarat Begonia Festival 2023: Sneak peek at blooms on show

Robert Clark Conservatory is once more billed as the House of One Thousand Begonias. → Read More

International Women's Day 2023: The Ballarat Foundation new fund for equity

Loreto College signs on as the first member to make change with Ballarat Women's Fund. → Read More

Rise in likely Japanese encephalitis cases from mosquito bites in Victoria

Everyone is urged to take more "simple steps" to guard against mosquitoes. → Read More

John Sullivan to launch first art exhibition at ArtSpace Gallery, Ballarat

John Sullivan, who turns 80 next month, wanted to be noticed in the last chapter of his life. → Read More

International Women's Day 2023: Sister Trish Franklin, social justice leader

Sister Trish Franklin has been inducted into Loreto College's Women in Time inspiring alumnae. Picture by Luka Kauzlaric AMID "many shattered people", Sister Trish Franklin had never expected to find herself working in Thai refugee camps or teaching English and swimming to Vietnamese children for 20 years. → Read More

Beaufort Football Netball Club promotes AFL Tackle Your Feelings program

Beaufort senior footballers stand together before a Central Highlands Football League pride match last season. Picture by Luke Hemer BEAUFORT footballers are still talking about their feelings with each other, Crows footballer Geoff Carnes says. → Read More

Woowookarung Regional Park's dementia-friendly trail in spotlight again

This park was established to be by the people, for all people. → Read More

Sixteen-unit sub-division proposal in Canadian

This follows a growing trend in plans for established, central suburbs in Ballarat. → Read More

Ballarat cervical screening rates below state average

"For the first time in my career, I'm offering choices" - nurse Emily Grant. → Read More

Ballarat MP Catherine King voices skin cancer awareness after personal scare

Growing up, Catherine King was like many young Australians of her generation: sunbaking. → Read More

Ballarat wedding industry recovers in bold party fashion

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything in wedding plans, industry experts say. → Read More

FECRI makes new findings on ovarian cancer chemotherapy resistance

This follows the Ballarat team's vital findings announced last month. → Read More

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne inducted to Loreto Women in Time

"it really shaped me for the future and I'm proud to be here today" - Michelle Payne. → Read More