Stawell's breakfast scoop - June 27

Weather: Cloud increasing in the afternoon with scattered showers later this afternoon and evening. Winds northerly 25 to 35 km/h increasing to 35 to 45 km/h in the middle of the day then turning northwesterly 30 to 35 km/h during the afternoon and evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 16.

Top Stories: 

- Mount William in the Grampians recorded wind gusts above one hundred kilometres per hour earlier this week.

The wind gusts, recorded mostly overnight on Sunday, were the highest in the state.

Wind gusts at Mt William reached a staggering 128km/h shortly after midnight on Sunday - the strongest gusts recorded in Victoria as at 11am Monday.

A State Government-appointed panel will begin hearing submissions on the proposal to mine Big Hill at Stawell on Wednesday.

About 44 people have asked to be heard by the panel. They, along with relevant State Government departments, the Environment Protection Authority and the project proponents Crocodile Gold (the owner of Stawell Gold Mine), will make submissions to the panel over about 11 days.

The hearing will start at 10am on Wednesday, July 2, in the Federation University Building, Sloane Street, Stawell. 

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