■10 years ago
Friday, August 10, 2007
A 9m long piece of black pipe with a toilet mounted on top preceded more than 1000 marchers through the streets of Melbourne to Parliament House yesterday opposing the Victorian Government’s north-south pipeline plan.
Almost 40 National and Liberal politicians are believed to have added their signatures on the pipe in white pen after the rally.
The event, featuring a number of speakers on the steps of parliament, was followed by a 20-minute meeting between four of the protesters and VFF president Simon Ramsey, Victorian Premier John Brumby and Water Minister Tim Holding.
PLANNED procedures were changed when a group of about 50 protesters were invited to meet with VEAC (Victorian Environment Assessment Council) members in Moama on Wednesday night.
The protesters were involved in a meeting outside the venue where VEAC was holding a public forum.
The forums, being held across the region following the release of a draft report on the future of the Murray River red gum forests, offer individuals a chance to speak one-on-one with councillors.
MEMBER for Rodney Paul Weller is among those opposed to the recommendations in the draft report of VEAC’s (Victorian Environment Assessment Council’s) river red gum forest investigation.
Mr Weller’s concerns are based on the economic predictions outlined on page 83 of the recently-released report, which include 125 jobs lost.
■30 years ago
Friday, August 7, 1987
ECHUCA teachers will stop work on Tuesday to protest against proposed State Government education cuts of $60 million.
Some teachers from the Echuca Technical and High Schools will bus to Melbourne to take part in a stop-work meeting.
Some local primary teachers are expected to take part in a similar meeting at the Bendigo town hall.
ECHUCA Police, are ‘‘just managing’’ to keep patrols on the road 24 hours a day with their current strength
A spokesman told The Riv there was always a sergeant and another three or four staff on leave.
Although a 38-hour week had been introduced two years ago, Echuca Police were still working 40 hours a week and getting another 10 days leave in return.
V/LINE has closed its bus service to Deniliquin.
No bus had run since Monday because of lack of patronage, according to Echuca stationmaster John Doherty.
‘‘It was lucky to have a passenger on it at times,’’ Mr Doherty said.
■50 years ago
Friday August 4, 1967
A start has been made on the installation of a new two bin grain elevator at Echuca and it is to be expected to be completed in time for the next harvest.
Installation of the storage is being carried out by Ascom Pty.Ltd., of Melbourne, and its employees are nearing the end of work on foundations, pits and other underground construction.
When this selection of the work has been completed, steel sections to form the bins will be delivered and assembled on the site.
A commonwealth grant of $11,057 has been made towards the construction of two additional double units being built at the Illoura Homes project in Francis Street.
Advice of the grant has been received by the Echuca Benevolent Society from the Acting Minister for Social Services, Senator McKellar, through Mr. J. McEwen, M.H.R
The new units, which will provide accommodation for four elderly women, will increase the accommodation at the project to 16.