Reflections | February 28

By Cassandra Power

Ten years ago

Echuca-Moama and district farmers have been given vital support, with the Federal Government extending its Exceptional Circumstances help for another year.

Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister Tony Burke announced the extension, until March 31, 2011, helping farmers in northern Victoria and the Riverina deal with the impact of drought.

Mr Burke said the National Rural Advisory Council had reviewed areas currently eligible for EC assistance and advised the government to extend the assistance in 34 areas across NSW, Victoria and South Australia.

Many farmers across Australia continued to face difficult conditions, Mr Burke said.

Echuca police are investigating the theft of a LCD TV/DVD combination from Coles supermarket on Monday.

A man allegedly entered the store about 5 pm, took the $269 television from the display area and walked out.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Echuca police on 5482 2255 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Nearly 400 early registrations have been received for the Mathoura Fishing Classic this weekend.

Mathoura Fishing Classic Committee president Lisa Bleyerveld said the event, which is held at Tarragon Lodge (Picnic Point), would attract good numbers.

She said the bulk of the registrations would come today, with last year attracting 880 competitors.

The event will start with a casting competition for people aged 16 and under today at 7.30 pm.

Twenty-five years ago

A central medium strip for the port end of High St is still a possibility.

Echuca’s Heritage Conservation Committee has recommended a landscaped strip down the centre of the road, in keeping with the area’s historic appearance.

This was one of the suggestions made in a conservation committee report to Campaspe Shire Council.

The committee, formed by the former Echuca City Council, comprises council representatives and heritage advisor Andrew Ward, besides members of the general community.

Murray Shire Council wants the Deakin Drain cleaned up.

Shire manager Greg Murdoch spoke out this week about our region’s pollution problems.

He says after 200 years we have to stop treating the Murray River as an open sewer.

The shire has been campaigning for action on the Deakin Drain for some time now, but is frustrated by the lack of action and answers.

It is very worried by a consultant’s report which predicts nutrient levels (pollution) in the drain could rise a further 380 per cent.

Two Tongala cricketers have been suspended by the Campaspe Cricket Association tribunal for the remainder of the season following an incident on February 11.

The CCA secretary said on Wednesday two bowlers were suspended after the incident that occurred when they delivered their score sheets to a private home in Echuca.

The CCA tribunal sitting at Echuca last Friday night heard the two were intoxicated at the time and disposed of their empty cans of beer along with other rubbish on the front lawn of the property.

Fifty years ago

With its wharf and river complex, Echuca has the potential for developing the most magnificent historical preservation project in Australia.

The assertion was made on Monday night by Col R Birch, administrator of the National Trust (Victoria) at a meeting of the Echuca City Council which was attended by approximately 50 representatives of local service organisations and the Historical Society.

Mr Birch said the wharf area was most historic and that the National Trust had recognised this by declaring it was the only one of its type in the state.

For the first time in its 33 years existence, the Tongala branch of the Victorian Country Party has elected a new president.

The president of the branch since 1936, which is as far back as the minute books go, has been the late Mr R. K. Brose.

A minute’s silence was held before the commencement of the recent annual meeting in memory of Mr Brose.

Mr C Makin was elected president, with J. N. Simpson as vice-president.

Eighteen new records were established at the Echuca High School’s annual house swimming sports held on Thursday.

Star of the day was 15-year-old Goulburn House swimmer, Pam Braund, who set four records throughout the day in a brilliant effort.

Mark Pritchard set two records including the taking of 7.5 seconds off the previous best time in the open butterfly event.

A large crowd of parents and friends watched the sports and witnessed the presentation of F. C. McCartney Cup to the captains of Edwards House, Robert Taylor and Norma Eddy.