Letters to the editor

April 05, 2018

Letter to the editor

WE WOULD like to express our appreciation for the great support we received for Purple Day 2018.

Firstly, Riverine Herald for the promotion you gave before and follow-up after Purple Day — we thank you.

To all Echuca-Moama and Rochester businesses and clubs and the community who supported us with donations, selling merchandise and raffle tickets and bringing awareness to Epilepsy.

We also thank the Echuca 208 Primary School and Rochester Secondary and Primary Schools for all their support.

Special thanks to Echuca Workers Club for selling soft toys.

We are very grateful to Pilgrim Transport for their collection and delivery of the merchandise.

To our assistant Mary Walker for her time and support over the past few months, we are very grateful. To any one who assisted in any way, your support was greatly appreciated.

We held our first Purple Day in 2013 and raised $1460.20.

This year being our fifth Purple Day our goal was to bring the five year total to $20,000.

We are ecstatic with our final figure being more than $21,000.

John and Shirley O’Bree

Thief given CCO

A WOMAN who stole $300 worth of goods from Echuca and Rochester stores has been placed on a community corrections order.

Jamie Giampiccolo, 41, pleaded guilty in Echuca Magistrates Court last month to two counts of theft.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie said Giampiccolo was captured on CCTV stealing a pair of Skechers valued at $100 from Rochester Sportspower on June 4 last year and $200 worth of alcohol from Dan Murphy’s in Echuca on December 4.

Duty solicitor Glenn Cooper said his client’s history of shop theft stemmed from a significant mental illness.

‘‘She has had a term of imprisonment, a suspended sentence but never anything in the way of a therapeutic order before,’’ he said.

Mr Cooper said alcohol was a problem for the Deniliquin woman last year, but she was now abstinent.

Magistrate Michael King said it was in the community’s best interests for Giampiccolo to address her mental health issues.

‘‘That seems to be the main thing that gets you into trouble,’’ Dr King said.

‘‘I don’t consider sending you to prison is constructive for anyone.’’

Dr King convicted and placed her on a 12-month CCO.

‘‘This is an opportunity for you to get your life back on track,’’ he said.

Awards now open

THE 2018 Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards are now open.

The awards are held annually to acknowledge excellence in tourism across the state and will be held in Deniliquin.

The event provides tourism organisations and individuals the opportunity to gain an insight into their industry, their business, achieve recognition for their success and promote tourism within their region.

Winners gain finalist status upon entering the NSW State Tourism Awards, and if successful, go on to the National Tourism Awards.

“The awards are a key program on the regional tourism industry calendar and have been pivotal in supporting the development of businesses”, said awards Chair Jane Barnes.

“Since the inception, the awards have been credited for elevating many regional tourism businesses to achieve state-wide and national acclaim.”

The event will be held on July 21 and the organising committee has an exciting weekend of activities planned for visiting entrants.

Submissions close May 25.

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