Farmers and businesses unite to ‘plug the pipe’
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.
Wagons and workers from Hart and Cressnell in front of the Bridge Hotel (year unknown).