Cutting council’s costs fuels change

April 07, 2018

The bridge as seen by George Kendall in 1866.

■ Ten years ago

April 4, 2008

Campaspe Shire aims to reduce its energy consumption and limit greenhouse gas emissions in the next three years.

Council will spend $50,000 to conduct audits to identify energy and water savings and introduce efficiency changes in its 650 buildings.

Cr Murray McDonald said the shire had already made a commitment under the Cities for Climate Protection program and the audits were one step towards fulfilling that commitment.

Households have been reminded to change the batteries in their smoke detectors at the end of daylight saving on Sunday.Echuca Fire Brigade captain Paul Nicholl urged property owners to change batteries, rather than just check them, each year at the end of daylight saving.‘‘People need to change the batteries. You could check them and they’re fine and in two weeks they’re flat,’’ he said.

Mr Nicholl said there were people in the community still unaware smoke detector batteries needed to be changed every year.

The Catholic community of Lockington will celebrate 50 years since the opening of St Canice’s Catholic church on Sunday.

The church was opened by Bishop Bernard Stewart in 1958.

Around 300 visitors are expected to join the congregation at St Canice’s on Sunday.

A stableford event was played last Tuesday at Rich River Golf Club, in cooler conditions which were appreciated by the players.

The winner was John King with 43 points, ahead of David Collins with 42 points, on a countback from David Richards.

Nearest the pin went to Noel Wallace and Mick Mulvahill.

There were 135 in the field. CCR was 71 and ball cut-off was 36 points.

■ Fifty years ago

April 5, 1968

A psychiatric report is to be obtained on a man who was convicted in Echuca Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday on charges of assault by kicking, resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly.

The man pleaded not guilty to the charges.

First Constable P. J. Keenan told the court that about 6:30 p.m. on March 25, he was in High Street when he saw the defendant on the western footpath outside an hotel.

A young man who appeared in Echuca Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday on a charge of driving after his probationary license had been cancelled told Mr. A. E. O’Connell, S.M., he did not know his license had been cancelled.

He is Kevin Roy Brown, of 1 Scott Street, Canterbury, who was intercepted while while driving in Echuca on January 7 by First Constable E. Holley, of Echuca.

Constable Holley told the court that Brown produced a probationary license and a check had shown it was cancelled at St. Kilda court on December 8 when Brown was convicted on a speeding charge.

An application for a visit to Echuca by a touring International cricket team has been lodged with the Victorian Country Cricket Association.

This was stated at the Associations’s annual dinner on Wednesday night when hope was expressed that one of the teams to tour Australia within the next two years will visit Echuca.

Speakers at the dinner expressed confidence in the ability of the Association to handle the arrangements for such a visit and said the Association would be able to offer a ground and wicket which was equal to or better than most others in Victoria.

Gunbower are in danger of defeat in their Cohuna Cricket Association final match against Cohuna which commenced on Saturday.

The match was to have started last Saturday week but play was cancelled for the day because of rain,

Gunbower were first to bat on Saturday and the conditions proved to be well in favour of the bowlers and fielders.

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