■10 years ago
Friday, October 5, 2007
Plans are in hand to move Echuca’s aged care residence, Engelbert Lodge, to Cunningham Downs Village and establish a residential and education medical training centre at the lodge’s current location in Haverfield St.
Echuca Regional Health wants to buy the 61-bed lodge from Echuca Community for the Aged, which also runs Wharparilla Lodge at Cunningham Downs.
The two organisations have asked the Australian Government for $4.5 million over two years to carry out the project and are waiting for confirmation.
The Murray region will receive a $500,000 funding boost designed to increase visitation and lift the profile of the region, Victorian Tourism Minister Tim Holding announced this week.
"The funding will help the region to promote its key strengths of gourmet food and wine, history and heritage, golf and waterbased activities," Mr Holding said.
The funding comes from the government’s $6.5 million Regional Marketing Program.
The match between Echuca and Rochester Tigers at Victoria Park holds some unknown potential, with both sides fielding new but experienced players.
The Tigers are hoping for a good start to the season and definitely looking to improve on last year’s three wins.
The Tigers had the most runs hit against them in the competition last season. In the hope that his bowling attack will be stronger this season, captain Brad Major will toss the new ball to Melbourne import Shannon Waters to spearhead the line-up.
■30 years ago
Friday, October 2, 1987
Matron Baker, MBE, died at 1.30pm on Wednesday at Lumeah where she had lived since December 1984/
She was 97.
Nursing staff gathered outside Echuca District Hospital two hours later as nursing director Dian Williams lowered the Australian Flag to half mast as a symbol of respect.
The Wallace family from Rochester have been foster parents with St. Luke’s family Care for the past four years, during that time they have cared for 22 children.
Gaye and Ern say they love children and feel they have something to offer, ‘‘so why not provide a temporary home for children when their parents are unable to care for them,’’ said Ern.
Gaye and Ern first cared for children eight years ago when they were holiday hosts with a church from Melbourne.
Despite the introduction of three bends in Conrod Straight to slow down the cars, this year’s annual James Hardie could be the fastest Bathurst ever.
Certainly, it will be the most fiercely competed.
No less than 49 of the world’s best overseas drivers will be on the starting grid this Sunday, October 4, because this year’s annual enduro race is also the eighth round of the World Touring Car Championship.
■50 years ago
Friday, October 6, 1967
Echuca branch of the Red Cross Society urgently requires more blood donors for the visit of the mobile blood bank to Echuca next Wednesday, October 11.
The unit will be in Echuca from 9am to 3p.m. and is to be stationed at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Hall.
Appointments for times suitable to donors can be made by contacting Mrs. F. McCartney, phone Echuca 92, or attendance at the hall during the period of the unit’s visit will be appreciated.
Railway livestock facilities at Patho and Kotta are to be retained for a further 12 months.
This is to test the reaction of local residents to the reduced livestock rail rates.
Rochester Shire Council was told by the secretary for railways yesterday that if at least 20 vans of livestock are railed from Patho and Kotta this year the facilities may be retained.
An assurance of continued support from the Echuca City Council for the new recreation reserve in Echuca East was given by deputy Mayor, Cr. W. Atley, on Wednesday night.
Cr. Atley was speaking at the Echuca East Football Club’s annual dinner which was presented by the club’s ladies committee and held at the William Conn Hall.
‘‘Echuca City Council hopes to continue assisting the building of Echuca East’s oval, and bring it to a comparable standard to Victoria Park Oval,’’ Cr. Atley said.