Campaspe News looks back at 2016— March and April —
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.
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.
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.