By Riverine Herald

■Ten Years Ago

November 7, 2008

A Campaspe Shire council restructure to take effect from the November 29 election has been met with a mixed response.

Councillor-elect for the Western ward, Greg Toll, who was elected unopposed, told the Riverine Herald recently the restructure would help balance the workload for councillors.

‘‘I believe it’s for the betterment of the Shire of Campaspe,’’ he said.

The fire danger period will start at 1am Monday in Campaspe Shire.

Residents are being reminded of the importance of removing potential fire hazards early.

Chief executive officer Keith Baillie said the lack of water in many areas would pose challenges for the CFA, which was facing the additional battle of tackling fires which could potentially have been avoided.

Overcast and humid conditions were in order for the 30 hardy competitors in the weekly triathlon held at the YMCA.

The event consisted of a 200m swim, 11km ride and a 2.5km run.

The frontmarkers were jostling for position before the starter’s gun and it was Dean Liersch who managed to break and lead into the swim.

■Thirty Years Ago

November 9, 1988

Echuca City Council’s plan to build two units for low-income families was axed at its unprecedented fourth Budget review meeting on Monday night.

Under the plan, council was to contribute $32,000 towards the land and the State Government would pay $100,000 for the two-bedroom units.

The original decision to build the units caused a furore in council as four of the five councillors argued strongly it wasn’t a local council’s responsibility to provide money for low-income housing.

Two Echuca boys aged 12 and 14 have each been charged with three counts of burglary, three counts of theft and one of attempted burglary.

The boys were arrested by Echuca Police at about 10.15pm on Saturday. They were found on the roof of Safeway Supermarket.

Police said the boys would be summonsed to appear before the Echuca Children’s Court on a date to be fixed.

Echuca’s flying Vin McNair is in Adelaide tonight preparing for the drive of his life.

Before the 50,000 people and Formula One superstars, Vin will be out to grab some Grand Prix glory when he races in a Formula Ford invitational race on Saturday.

Pursuing his dream of one day becoming a Formula One driver, Vin will be on the starting grid at 2.30pm Saturday.

■Fifty Years Ago

November 8, 1968

All landowners in Rochester Shire with the exception of those in the Rochester township will pay an additional one cent in the $ on the net annual valuation of their properties in general municipal rates this financial year.

Estimates based on the higher rate charge were adopted by yesterday’s meeting of the Rochester Shire Council after most members said there was no alternative to the increase.

The estimates adopted provided for a reduction of $9,300 in the shire’s deficit balance and additional money for roadworks.

Echuca-Moama sub-branch will send Christmas parcels to servicemen from Echuca serving in Vietnam.

Sub-branch secretary, Mr. S. Scott, today appealed to residents who have relatives in Vietnam to advise the sub-branch so that arrangements for the parcels can be made.

So far, the sub-branch has been advised of only one Echuca serviceman who will be in Vietnam at Christmas.

Rochester went within one point of inflicting Deniliquin’s first defeat in the A Grade section of the Campaspe Valley Bowling Association’s pennant competition on Saturday.

Pitts and Hart’s rinks recorded victories over Farrell and Blake respectively, but Zealley and Lee won by four shots and 11 shots respectively to give Deniliquin a one-point win.

In the only other A Grade game played, Kyabram scored a convincing win over Lockington.