WEATHER (three-day forecast):
Today: Cloudy. Scattered showers, more frequent in the south. Winds northwesterly 20 to 30 km/h tending westerly 15 to 20 km/h in the late evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 14.
Saturday: We are in for a cold one. Isolated showers with local hail contracting to the south in the morning and clearing in the late afternoon. Isolated snow showers near the Grampians above 800 metres. Overnight temperatures falling to around 4 with daytime temperatures reaching around 12.
Sunday: Areas of morning fog and frost before that makes way for a sunny day. Light winds. Overnight temperatures falling to around 1 with daytime temperatures reaching around 13.
Stawell police are appealing for public assistance to help catch the drivers responsible for hoon behaviour that included burnouts in built up areas.
Stawell's Main Street was a target with tyre marks also left at the corner of Clifton Avenue and Franklin Street, Clifton Avenue and Newington Road and Lake Road.
Anyone that witnessed the acts of hoon driving that took place on the night of Sunday, July 6 has been urged to contact Stawell police 5358 8222.
A State Government-appointed panel sitting in Stawell will today enter an eighth day hearing submissions about the proposal to mine Big Hill.
The first week has been dominated by project proponents Crocodile Gold (the owner of Stawell Gold Mine), but did include addresses from residents and Northern Grampians Shire Council.
Three of Australia's top four Instagrammers have boosted Grampians Tourism's social media reach through a recent tour of the region.
The three Instagrammers posted 36 photos which generated a total of 226,086 'likes' on Instagram.
CKS Swifts return from a week off to take on a tough Kalkee outfit on its home ground in the Horsham District Football League tomorrow.
NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) Week nears its end but not before the major event is held, a free film night at the Stawell Health and Community Centre, tonight, from 6.30pm.
Two indigenous films, Mabo and Croker Island Exodus, will be shown and supper will be provided.
Model train enthusiasts will converge on Stawell this weekend for the Grampians Model Railroaders sixteenth annual model railway exhibition.
The two day (July 12 and 13) event includes more than 20 layouts from across Victoria and interstate.
Great Western Football & Netball Club will host its Black Tie Ball at the Stawell Performing Arts Centre (Town Hall, Main Street) from 7.30pm Saturday night. Tickets available at the door.
Stawell Football & Netball Club will host its Club Cabaret at its clubrooms in Napier Street from 6.30pm Saturday night.
IN THE NEWS:
60 years ago (1954) - The Stawell community stepped up efforts to raise funds for the installation of an Olympic Swimming Pool. The Queen Carnival was expected to raise 20,000 pounds, while proceeds from a match between two ladies football teams - the Mill Chumps and the Gravel Rashers would be put towards the cause.
20 years ago (1994) - Stawell recorded a fall of 2.6 percent in monthly unemployment figures for June of that year.
5 years ago (2009) - Northern Grampians Shire Council formally adopted its budget for 2009-10 which contained a seven percent rate increase.