Getting a park at your local bank

November 25, 2017

Only just is good enough! A flatbed with hay only just gets under the bridge in this 1953 photo by Fred Boyle. Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria.

■ Ten years ago

November 23, 2007

Echuca’s Westpac Bank was open for business as usual yesterday, despite an accident in which a car drove through the bank’s front window.

The crash happened about 2.15pm Wednesday when the driver of a Holden Vectra lost control of her vehicle while driving south through the roundabout at the intersection of Hare and Pakenham streets.

Senior Constable Ron Young of Echuca police said the car crossed the footpath on the southeast corner of the intersection and plunged through the bank’s Pakenham St window and into the newly-renovated bank.

A permit for a brothel at 7 Bilkey Court Echuca has been approved.

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) this week ordered Campaspe Shire to issue the permit subject to a number of conditions.

Council refused the application in a unanimous vote in February on the grounds a brothel was not an appropriate land use for the town or municipality.

A VCAT hearing was held in Echuca in October after applicant Juy Hepner appealed council’s decision.

Mayor John Elborough said council was extremely disappointed with the outcome of the hearing.

Echuca’s Jarryd McNeil will compete in his first major event as a senior competitor on Sunday when he tackles the Two-Wheel Moto Mayhem spectacular in the Freestyle Moto X and Moto X competitions.

The 16-year-old is excited and a little nervous about contesting the event at the Calder Park Thunder Dome in Melbourne.

"I cannot wait to take part in this Sunday’s Two-Wheel Moto Mayhem, as it promises to be a very exciting event," McNeil said.

■ Thirty years ago

November 27, 1987

The future of Echuca Regional Development Society and the Rich River Festival hinge on a December 14 meeting between ERDS and Echuca City Council.

The festival’s future is in doubt and ERDS even considered disbanding soon after its recent 17th festival.

Public liability insurance is one thing threatening the festival.

Festival organisers are known to have had many headaches with last month’s festival due to insurance problems.

Echuca City Council will seek payment from its garbage collectors for damage to residents bins.

Mayor Cr Bob Snow used his casting vote on the issue after council was split 4-4.

Eighty of the city’s bins introduced four years ago have been cracked and evidence has shown that this was caused by a faulty lifting device on the collectors truck council was told.

Council put a call out to residents in recent weeks asking for faulty bins to be returned.

What’s in a name?

You Name It, which is the most unimaginative name possible, proved that a name means very little as they took out the inagural YMCA women’s volleyball premiership.

Their final against Shockerettes went the way you like to see all grand finals go - to five sets, with the outcome in doubt right til the end.

■ Fifty years ago

Friday, November 24, 1967

Commissioner F. C. McCartney of Echuca was yesterday elected president of the Victorian Provincial Sewerage Authorities Association.

He was unopposed as president at the Association’s annual conference being held in Echuca.

Com. McCartney has been a member of Echuca Sewerage Authority for 22 years, and has been its representative on the Provincial Sewerage Authorities Association for most of that period.

A fire lit on a property near Barnes during last summer’s fire danger period for New South Wales resulted in an Echuca man being fined $20, with $2 in court costs, or 11 days in gaol, in Moama Petty Sessions yesterday.

Before the court was Eric A. Rowley, of 313 High Street, Echuca, who pleaded guilty to a charge of lighting a fire without a permit during the bushfire danger period.

Sergeant J Evans told the court that about 5 p.m. on March 21 of this year, Rowley lit a fire in a paddock of wheat stubble near Barnes.

Sprinters will hold the spotlight at the Echuca Racing Club’s Murray Plate meeting to be held tomorrow.

The Murray Plate event over four furlongs will be the main event on the program and an even field will face the starter following the withdrawal of Bendigo champion, Jimeal, which is to race at Caulfield.

Top weight, Snugboro, blotted his copy book at Mooroopna at his last start before that had run third to Jimeal and Augusto in the Moama Shorts Handicap.

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