Cam­paspe News looks back at 2016 — Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary—

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Jan­uary

■ Rochester char­ity work­ers re­veal res­i­dents are driv­ing un­reg­is­tered cars around town be­cause they can­not af­ford ris­ing regis­tra­tion costs. It comes as the cost of liv­ing jumped in 2016, with en­ergy costs, pub­lic trans­port fares, car regis­tra­tion and postage stamps all in­creas­ing. Sal­va­tion Army lieu­tenant David All­man said the in­creases were “scary” and would place fur­ther pres­sure on res­i­dents fac­ing fi­nan­cial stress.

■ Rochester’s Bil­lie Ann Wat­son be­comes the first baby born in 2016 at Echuca hospi­tal. The daugh­ter of Kirstie Geb­bie and Bren­dan Wat­son, Bil­lie was born eight min­utes af­ter mid­night on New Year’s Day.

■ Po­lice re­trieve a Ned Kelly let­ter­box which was stolen from out­side a home on the North­ern Hwy in Rochester on Boxing Day. A 28-year-old man from Dela­combe near Bal­larat was charged with theft of the let­ter­box, which had an es­ti­mated value of $3500.

■ Ex-Lock­ing­ton man Nathan Carnie is hailed a hero af­ter res­cu­ing 10 chil­dren close to drown­ing in a Queens­land dam. Nathan was su­per­vis­ing a wa­ter-based fit­ness chal­lenge when the group of chil­dren gath­ered to one edge of a con­crete pon­toon, caus­ing it to flip on top of them. The qual­i­fied life­guard dived in to res­cue the chil­dren, aged be­tween 11 and 17.

■ Lock­ing­ton’s Frank Dullard is awarded a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia. The 88-year-old is recog­nised for var­i­ous ar­eas of his life, in­clud­ing with Rochester Shire coun­cil, Lock­ing­ton and district Lions Club, St Joseph’s Rochester parish, and as a lo­cal his­to­rian, farmer and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist.

Fe­bru­ary

■ Cam­paspe Shire coun­cil en­dorses ma­jor fund­ing to up­grade Rochester’s town cen­tre. It backed more than $200,000 be­ing poured into Rochester Skate Park and the Moore St road re­serve to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties and make the two ar­eas more at­trac­tive to visi­tors. But it wasn’t all good news for the Moore St project com­mit­tee, with just two of its 11 re­quests be­ing en­dorsed by coun­cil.

■ Anger rises over rub­bish be­ing dumped at Rochester’s Sal­va­tion Army Op Shop. Peo­ple too lazy or too cheap to use the tip are turn­ing the do­na­tion bins into an easy out for dump­ing house­hold rub­bish. Op Shop man­ager Ros Jef­fries said it hap­pened al­most weekly.

■ Rochester fire­fighter Travis Har­ris opens up about his bat­tle with de­pres­sion and thoughts of sui­cide. The happy-go-lucky Har­ris was di­ag­nosed with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der af­ter at­tend­ing a se­ries of road fa­tal­i­ties and bat­tling fires on Black Satur­day. He said he wanted to change the cul­ture of emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel not feel­ing com­fort­able to open up about their prob­lems.

■ Lock­ing­ton swimming pool gears up to cel­e­brate its 50th birth­day. A fun day of ac­tiv­i­ties is planned in­clud­ing in­flat­a­bles, pool games and a bar­be­cue. The cel­e­bra­tion comes amid a Cam­paspe Shire re­view into the fea­si­bil­ity of keep­ing out­door pools open.

■ Ray Lar­combe is hon­oured for 70 years of ser­vice to Rochester CFA. The 88-year-old took his first foot­steps to­wards be­com­ing a fire­fighter at the age of 14 when he joined the Rochester Scouts, be­fore be­com­ing an ac­tive fire­fighter in 1945. The 70-year ser­vice medal joins Ray’s other honours, which in­clude a na­tional medal, Queen’s Medal and Rochester CFA life mem­ber­ship.

Bil­lie Ann Wat­son, pic­tured with mum Kirstie Geb­bie, was the first Rochester child born in 2016.

For­mer Ba­mawm man Nathan Carnie be­came a hero in Jan­uary, when he saved eight chil­dren from a Queens­land dam.

Rochester fire­fighter Travis Har­ris bravely opened up about his bat­tle with men­tal ill­ness in Fe­bru­ary.

Lock­ing­ton’s Frank Dullard re­ceived a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia in Jan­uary.

Rochester CFA mem­ber Ray Lar­combe racked up 70 years of ser­vice in Fe­bru­ary.

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