■ Ten years ago
April 11, 2008
People driving along Ogilvie Ave, Echuca, last week had no idea an invisible camera was reading their vehicle’s number plate — unless police pulled them over a few moments later. Victoria Police is trialling its new automatic number plate recognition technology across the state.
Last week, the state-of-the-art equipment visited Echuca, where it was based on the Murray Valley Hwy from 8.15am to 11.45am on Tuesday.
Businesses’ and farmers’ role in helping improve and manage Victoria’s natural environment is a key feature of the state’s Land and Biodiversity green paper launched at a land restoration project near Bacchus Marsh at the weekend.
The paper outlines a vision for revitalising Victoria’s land and water catchments.
It looks at agricultural and economic growth and the state’s market-based approach to environmental management.
Seven Campaspe Shire residents chose Tuesday’s council meeting to become Australian citizens.
Echuca’s Shaluka and Vindhya Gunasekera and their two children, Bineth and Binithi, are originally from Sri Lanka, Bamawm’s Sandra Davis hails from the United Kingdom, Torrumbarry’s Jacek Kalinowski is from Poland and Kyabram’s Muriel Le Page is from England.
Italian Plate winner Toydarriate is aiming to complete Tatura’s feature race double after he was one of 12 gallopers nominated for the $35 000 Tatura and Shepparton Cup this week.
Trained at Echuca by Gwenda Johnstone, Toydarriate led all the way in December’s Italian Plate and will be hoping to repeat the dose over the same distance in Sunday’s event.
The grey gelding is the second-highest rated horse in the field, behind the Robbie Laing-trained Action Plan.
■ Fifty years ago
April 15, 2008
A Lockington man was killed when a tractor tipped over and crushed him while he was working on a dam bank at Lockington on Saturday.
Ernest Crockett, 42, of Lockington, was using the tractor to build a dam on the property of Mr. Sam Windridge at Lockington.
The tractor rolled over on a steep part of the dam crushing Crockett and killing him instantly.
Viewers will not see the Melton State School - GMV6 film ‘‘The Treasure Hunters’’ until May or June.
Mr. Cliff Green, head teacher of Welton school said yesterday that editing of the 100 minutes of film into 50 minutes of film was taking longer than expected.
‘‘Work on the film is progressing well, but the complexity of the script and the length of the film shot is making the task very hard,’’ Mr. Green said.
Two men arrested by Echuca police during the holiday weekend have been charged with being drunk and disorderly.
Both men have been bailed to appear at the Echuca Court of Petty Sessions on Tuesday, April 30.
Members of the Benalla Council are to visit Echuca on Wednesday as part of a tour they are making this week.
The visiting councillors are to be entertained at a buffet lunch by the Mayor of Echuca, Cr. A. E. Rosendale, and they will also be met by other members of the Echuca City Council.
Gate takings at the Echuca Trotting Club’s Easter meeting on Saturday night were the lowest for any of the four night fixtures staged by the club this season.
However, officials of the club were satisfied with the result because of the overcast conditions throughout Saturday and showers of rain which fell early in the night.