Stawell's breakfast scoop - July 29

WEATHER: In a word, windy. Partly cloudy. Isolated showers. Winds NW 30 to 40 km/h increasing to 40 to 50 km/h in the middle of the day then turning W 30 to 35 km/h during the afternoon and evening. Daytime maximum temperatures around 14.

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TOWN Hall Hotel Manager, David Stanes has expressed alarm about the rising amount of tax his business pays and where electronic gaming machine revenue is going.

"The reality is the revenue we make from our gaming venue now goes towards some new tunnel in Melbourne," - Town Hall Hotel Manager, David Stanes

Mr Stanes' concerns come as figures reveal punters in the Northern Grampians Shire lost almost $4.9 million in the 2013-14 financial year, a drop of $70,000 year-on-year.

HALLS Gap’s Cassie Hebbard saddled up alongside strangers for a common purpose last year - a Ride to Conquer Cancer.

Gearing up to ride in the hope of conquering cancer (L-R) Sara Bowers, Peter North,
Amanda Walker, Cass Hebbard, Claire Evans, Braeden Hyland, Jacinta Williamson, Lucy Bowen, Crystal Wemyss and Natalie Wemyss.

Gearing up to ride in the hope of conquering cancer (L-R) Sara Bowers, Peter North, Amanda Walker, Cass Hebbard, Claire Evans, Braeden Hyland, Jacinta Williamson, Lucy Bowen, Crystal Wemyss and Natalie Wemyss.

This year, she will lead a team of 16 riders, most of which are Halls Gap residents as they seek to raise almost $50,000 for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, the only public hospital in Australia solely dedicated to cancer.

IT WAS a wet end to a freezing cold week in Stawell last week.

The town recorded more than 10 millimetres of rain over Thursday and Friday, increasing the July monthly total to more than 30 millimetres.

SPORT:

CKS SWIFTS returned to the winner's list in the Horsham District Football League with a comfortable 19 goal win against Noradjuha Quantong.

WHAT'S ON: 

ROUND two of the women's senior basketball competition will be played at the Stawell Leisure Complex tonight, commencing at 8.30pm.

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