The Colac Herald has won two prestigious newspaper awards.
The Herald picked up the local reporting and journalism awards at the Victorian Country Press Association’s annual awards ceremony at Bendigo.
The Herald was also highly commended for its use of colour.
Colac Herald photographer Nigel Hallett scored two mentions on the night, with a highly commended news photograph and a commended sports photograph.
The Herald won the local reporting award for its coverage of the Colac Area Health funding crisis, which had threatened to close Colac’s night-time emergency care service.
“Top marks for research and terrific news writing that shone light into the corners of an issue of great concern to the local community and contributed to changes in the health funding system across the state,” judge Lisa Waller said.