Farm­ers and busi­nesses unite to ‘plug the pipe’

Campaspe News - - NEWS -

10 years ago Tues­day, Au­gust 28, 2007 District farm­ers and busi­nesses have joined the con­tin­ued fight against the Vic­to­rian Government’s plans to pipe wa­ter from the Goul­burn River to Mel­bourne.

A group has been formed from rep­re­sen­ta­tives through­out much of north­ern Vic­to­ria to fight the pro­posed north-south pipe­line and en­list ac­tive and fi­nan­cial sup­port to op­pose it.

The Plug the Pipe group, headed by Murra­bit farmer An­drew Leahy, com­prises about 14 ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers from seven re­gions which will be af­fected by the pipe.

The group in­cludes four rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Rochester district who will share the two po­si­tions. They are Col­binab­bin's Eril Rath­jen, Nan­neella's David Glass, Rochester's Ge­off El­liott and Lock­ing­ton's John Van Den Bosch.

District res­i­dents have been strong in their sup­port of the group, with just over 60 sign­ing up to the Plug the Pipe cam­paign at a meet­ing in Rochester last Tues­day.

30 years ago Tues­day, Septem­ber 1, 1987 A Rochester teenager has spo­ken out about drug use in the town in an ef­fort to warn par­ents that their chil­dren may be in­volved.

It was claimed drugs like co­caine and speed have ar­rived in town, along with oth­ers like mar­i­juana and al­co­hol more com­monly used by teenagers.

The teenager, who wished to re­main anony­mous, con­tacted the Cam­paspe News to try and alert par­ents to the prob­lem so they would be more aware of what their chil­dren might be do­ing.

It was pointed out that much more could be achieved by par­ents just be­ing a lit­tle more con­cerned about where chil­dren had been and what they were do­ing, with­out ‘‘spy­ing’’ on them.

Cer­tainly, the prob­lem of un­der­age drink­ing is noth­ing new, but the em­pha­sis is chang­ing to dif­fer­ent drugs, which are be­com­ing more eas­ily avail­able.

100 years ago Satur­day, Septem­ber 1, 1917 An Ital­ian of­fi­cial mes­sage states: We drove back strong counter at­tacks made by the en­emy in an ef­fort to re-take po­si­tions on the Bain­sizza plateau. We main­tained all out ad­vanced po­si­tions.

A French com­mu­nique re­ports: There is con­sid­er­able ar­tillery ac­tiv­ity on both banks of the Meuse.

Ac­cord­ing to ca­bles re­ceived by the Washington Em­bassy, Ital­ian and Brit­tish mon­i­tors have been shelling the de­fences at Tri­este in­ces­santly for five days.

Gen­eral Sir Dou­glas Haig re­ports: On the Ypres bat­tle front we slightly ad­vanced our line south­west ward of St­jan­shoek. Con­sid­er­able en­emy ar­tillery fir­ing oc­cured in the neigh­bour­hood of Lens and Ypres.

Photo: Rochester His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

Wag­ons and work­ers from Hart and Cress­nell in front of the Bridge Ho­tel (year un­known).

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