Wake up, Wimmera: August 11

PIC OF THE DAY. Send your photos of the Wimmera to newsdesk@mailtimes.com.au or tag us on Instagram @wimmeramailtimes and use the hashtag #wakeupwimmera to have your pic included! Photo: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

PIC OF THE DAY. Send your photos of the Wimmera to newsdesk@mailtimes.com.au or tag us on Instagram @wimmeramailtimes and use the hashtag #wakeupwimmera to have your pic included! Photo: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WEATHER

The cold mornings are back, with a frosty start similar to this morning predicted for most of the week. It will be a cloudy day with a top of 12.

FIVE YEARS AGO

The Giant Koala at Dadswells Bridge will be renamed in memory of world-famous koala Sam. Owners Rob and Julie-Anne McPherson are partnering with the Southern Ash Wildlife Shelter, which cared for Sam until her death last week, to raise awareness of Australia's declining population.

BIG PLANS: Giant Koala owner Rob McPherson with the world-famous image of CFA volunteer David Tree giving water to fire victim Sam. Mr Tree will attend an event at Dadswells Bridge next month where the Giant Koala will be named in honour of Sam and an information centre about the welfare of koalas launched. Picture: KATE HEALY

BIG PLANS: Giant Koala owner Rob McPherson with the world-famous image of CFA volunteer David Tree giving water to fire victim Sam. Mr Tree will attend an event at Dadswells Bridge next month where the Giant Koala will be named in honour of Sam and an information centre about the welfare of koalas launched. Picture: KATE HEALY

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I guess as a parent, I've got two choices: to either stick my head in the sand, or educate my daughter to make informed choices later on." - Renae Shanaughan on her daughter Laticia's campaign to raise money and awareness of the work of the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce.

ACE EFFORT: Laticia Shanaughan, 11, will join the ACE ride to raise money and awareness for the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

ACE EFFORT: Laticia Shanaughan, 11, will join the ACE ride to raise money and awareness for the Wimmera Drug Action Taskforce. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TOP STORIES 

Two Wimmera fire-fighters are among 80 Australians being deployed to Canada to help combat summer bushfires.

One more win will ensure Minyip-Murtoa plays senior finals football in 2014 after its tense five-point Wimmera Football League victory against Warrack Eagles on Saturday.

EDGED OUT: Minyip-Murtoa's Daniel Smith works hard to keep Warrack Eagles' Peter Weir off the ball. The Burras were too strong for Warrack Eagles on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

EDGED OUT: Minyip-Murtoa's Daniel Smith works hard to keep Warrack Eagles' Peter Weir off the ball. The Burras were too strong for Warrack Eagles on Saturday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

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