Cam­paspe News looks back at 2016— March and April —

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March

If there was a cure for cys­tic fi­bro­sis, Genevieve Broom would be alive to­day. In her mem­ory, Genevieve’s par­ents Jen­nifer and Spencer shared their story and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make a dif­fer­ence. The Brooms trav­elled to Mel­bourne to take part in the an­nual 65km cys­tic fi­bro­sis fundraiser and raised money for CF.

The sec­ond an­nual Rochester Mu­ral Fes­ti­val brought colour to Moore St with artists com­ing from all over in­clud­ing one who was flown in from Canada. Sharon Fen­som was one of the artists tak­ing part in the fes­ti­val.

Would-be thieves have tar­geted Rochester Fire Sta­tion for the fourth time in two years. The alarm was trig­gered at 1am on Tues­day, March 8, with bri­gade mem­bers ar­riv­ing to find the side door to the sta­tion ripped open. It came af­ter the donation tins were stolen from the sta­tion in Fe­bru­ary 2015, while in June 2014 thieves took off with thou­sands of dol­lars’ worth of equip­ment in­clud­ing CFA ra­dios and batteries.

A Rochester teenager re­cov­er­ing in hos­pi­tal mo­ti­vated more than 200 lo­cals to travel to Mel­bourne for a charity fun run. Tay­lor Mar­rone, 17, had been in the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal since Oc­to­ber af­ter suf­fer­ing a stroke. Her friends and fam­ily formed a team, Tay’s Army, to take part in the Run for the Kids, which raised funds for the hos­pi­tal’s Good Fri­day Ap­peal.

April

Once again Corop’s Greens Lake would be closed for New Year’s Eve by lo­cal author­i­ties who an­nounced they would never re­open the pop­u­lar tourism des­ti­na­tion again. Cit­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour as the rea­son why the lake won’t open say­ing it made it un­safe for peo­ple to at­tend.

Rochester picked up where they left off in 2015 with a se­v­en­goal round one win away to reign­ing Goulburn Val­ley Football League cham­pi­ons Be­nalla. The re­sult would have gone some way to re­dress­ing the Tigers’ third-place fin­ish which had come at the hands of the Saints in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal. But prior to that, Rochester had been league-lead­ing favourites.

Un­der a draft pro­posal put to the Cam­paspe Shire pools would have been de­mol­ished in Lock­ing­ton and Col­binab­bin — and Rochester’s sliced in half. The pro­posal would have saved the shire an ex­pected $4.8 mil­lion across the next 15 years. But the shut­downs meant swim­mers in Lock­ing­ton and Col­binab­bin would have had to travel more than 20km to ac­cess a pool.

Rochester’s four re­main­ing World War II vet­er­ans— Eric Knee­bone, Pa­trick O'Shaugh­nessy, Ste­wart Walk­ley and Bill Pit­t­away — were just some of the com­mu­nity mem­bers who gath­ered in Rochester for the an­nual An­zac Day cer­e­mony.

Sharon Fen­som with her mini mu­ral.

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Tr­ish Wilkin­son, Jacki Brown, Heather Wood­man and Shan­non Hill, with chil­dren Lore­lai and Ever­lyn Wilkin­son, Ruth and Harry Wood­man, and Is­abelle Hill at Col­binab­bin pool. Photo:

Rochester’s Chris San­ders.

Eric Knee­bone, Pa­trick O'Shaugh­nessy, Ste­wart Walk­ley and Bill Pit­t­away.

Rochester Fire Bri­gade cap­tain Luke War­ren.

Genevieve Broom was fore­most in her fa­ther's mind dur­ing a charity walk in March.

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