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Echuca nurses unite against pay cuts

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November 05, 2017

On the site of what is now the Moama Bakery. This photo was provided by Tess McPherson, whose father Warren Shiells is standing on the left, as well as her uncle David Boyes, who is second from the right.

■Ten years ago

Friday, November 2, 2007

THE nurses at Echuca hospital who will have their pay docked as a result of recent industrial action have expressed gratitude at the support shown by the hospital’s wider nursing staff.

Following the move to have some nurses’ pay docked, some nurses offered to share the financial burden.

A nurse at Echuca hospital who did not want to be named said while the proposal would not go ahead, the gesture showed the unity of the hospital’s nurses.

Moama residents were alarmed when a small explosion was heard in Chanter St about 10pm Wednesday.

Police were told a man got out of the passenger seat of a white Holden Commodore, before throwing something towards a house.

The item hit the fence and fell to the ground before exploding.

Senior Constable Richard Arnold of Deniliquin police said it appeared a two litre bottle containing a powder mixed with a substance, possibly petrol, had been made into an explosive device like a Molotov cocktail.

Echuca trainer Gwenda Johnstone has a busy week ahead of her, preparing seven horses for various races in Melbourne and Echuca.

First up for Johnstone is tonight’s meeting at Moonee Valley, which will see Lady In The Sun saddle up for the Members Equity Bank Handicap over 1500m at 9.45pm.

Tomorrow, stable star Shadoways will take to the track at Flemington in the Seppelt Salinger Stakes over 1200m with Damien Oliver in the saddle at 4.30pm.

"He ran an excellent race a fortnight ago. We hope he runs well," Johnstone said.

In Shadoways’ last start, he ran sixth in the 1100m Thai Airways International Sprint on Caulfield Cup day with Oliver on board, but he will be better suited to 1200m on the longer Flemington track.

Tomorrow’s Group Two race is worth $352,000, with $210,000 going to the winner.

■Thirty years ago

Friday, October 30, 1987

Echuca District Hospital will become a sub-regional specialist hospital.

Deputy manager Bob Skinner hailed the move as the hospital’s most significant in its 105 year history.

Manager Stuart Rowley said the new specialist strategy had saved the hospital from losing beds.

It would also provide increased services for the local community at little extra cost.

Earlier this year the hospital was threatened with funding and bed cuts because its resources were under-used.

Sewerage rates will rise by 15 per cent but water rates will stay the same in Echuca City for 1987/88.

The 15 per cent rise will cover improvements to Echuca East’s rising main estimated to cost $220,000 and the finalisation of works at Echuca’s new $4.2million wastewater treatment plant.

It follows a 10 per cent rise in both water and sewerage rates the previous year.

Echuca’s racing and harness racing clubs will receive record Totalizator Agency Board dividends, the TAB announced on Wednesday.

Echuca Racing Club’s allocation has risen to $220,977, an increase of 21.74 per cent on its $181, 517 last year, and Echuca Harness Racing Club will receive $164,549, 41.3 per cent more than last year’s $116,456.

Secretary of the Echuca Harness Racing Board Mr Frank Ryan said yesterday the club was ‘‘thrilled’’ with its allocation, which was better than expected.

■Fifty years ago

Friday, November 3, 1967

‘‘Teachers are already concerned at the complacency towards education among Australians, but it is time parents began to express some concern about it.’’

This was stated by guest speaker at Echuca High School’s speech night on Wednesday night by Mr. J. R. McLeod, who is chief psychologist and guidance officer with the Education Department.

Mr. McLeod said that unless children today gain the equivalent of at least Intermediate standard they will not be qualified for jobs in 10 years time.

Increase in the capacity of the Echuca rice mill to 12 tons an hour was one of the highlights of the last year reported on by the chairman of the Ricegrowers’ Co-operative Mills Ltd., Mr. J. Woodise, in his report to the annual meeting at Griffith yesterday.

Mr. Woodside said the 1967 harvest in the Murray Valley area had been an all-time record of 48,000 tons, and that following decisions were announced recently by the New South Wales Minister for Conservation, it appeared likely that in the course of the next 10 years, paddy rice production in the Murray Valley area could be doubled.

Erection of four giant towers and 74 poles which will make the echuca trotting Club’s Campaspe Park Raceway one of the brightest tracks in the world has been completed.

The four towers have been erected outside the track to light up the straight, and the 74 poles are spaced inside around the bends and the back straight.

The 65 feet high towers are hollow, and were made in Sydney of one-eighth inch thick steel, by manufacturers James Watt and Co.

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