Shire takes water campaign to halls of Canberra for help
10 years ago Tuesday, May 29, 2007 Campaspe Shire was part of a delegation of northern Victoria councils which met with senior government officials in Canberra last week to discuss their ongoing concerns about water allocations and future management of water in the Murray Darling Basin.
Campaspe Shire mayor John Elborough and chief executive officer Keith Baillie were among the group who met with Water and Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his advisors to discuss local concerns about the potential for zero water allocations, as well as clarify aspects of the Prime Minister’s $10 billion plan for management of water in the Murray Darling Basin.
Joining Cr Elborough and Mr Baillie in the trip organised by member for Murray Sharman Stone were the mayors and chief executive officer from Moira, Swan Hill and Mildura councils.
‘‘We put our case that a number of points need to be addressed, including the future water security for Victoria and that the review of the water trading cap need to be earlier than 2009,’’ Cr Elborough said.
‘‘The group also explained its views in simple terms as to what would happen if the government does not get it right on water and pushed the need for all parties to identify areas of concern so that they can be addressed.’’
The group also met with the Prime Minister’s advisor on rural and community issues, as well as Agricultural Minister Peter McGauran’s chief of staff. 30 years ago Tuesday, May 26, 1987
Rochester shire president Michael Adam has called for open debate on the proposed piggery development at Lockington.
In a letter to the Campaspe News, Cr. Adams said it was hoped that any problems surrounding the development could be resolved to the benefit of everyone in the district.
He pointed out although council actively encouraged industry, this would not be done to the detriment of residents of the shire or adjoining municipalities. The application for the 3000-sow piggery has been made Dinez Nominees. Since the planning application was announced debate has arisen both for and against the proposal.
Last week, MLA for Rodney, Mr Eddie Hann, raised concerns about the piggery, however since then many comments have been raised in favour of it. 100 years ago Saturday, May 26, 1917 The state school at Bamawm Station is nearing completion, but it is understood the department will not fence the grounds.
The acting secretary (Mr E Sinclair) has written to Mr Lawson, Minister for Education, pointing out the school is situated in an area of about 70 acres, in which are running horses, cattle, pigs, goats, and poultry, and asking on behalf of the parents that the department make arrangements to have the grounds fenced in, and also that a shelter shed be erected for the protection of the children during the winter, and to have the school opened at as absolutely an early date as possible.
June 2, 1987 — Mr Mathews is pictured at Rochester Fire Station with, from left, brigade secretary Mr Andrew Howlett, brigade captain Mr Vaughan Thomas and group officer Mr Lindsay Godden.