Man charged over two fires

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By IVY WISE

Cam­paspe about to turn white

IT IS time to turn shop fronts in Cam­paspe Shire white.

Cam­paspe Shire Coun­cil are urg­ing schools and busi­nesses to turn their shop fronts white to make a stand on vi­o­lence against women.

The Cam­paspe In White com­pe­ti­tion is of­fi­cially open and aims to unite the com­mu­nity on the is­sue.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter with the shire by email­ing jac­qui/ bruns@cam­paspe.vic.gov.au.

Once reg­is­tered you can up­load im­ages of your shop fronts to so­cial me­dia with the hash­tag #cam­paspein­white and tag­ging @cam­paspeshire and @river­ine­herald

The com­pe­ti­tion will fin­ish with Wear White to Work Day on Fri­day, Novem­ber 24.

All busi­nesses are en­cour­aged to wear white on the day and bring a gold coin do­na­tion for White Rib­bon Day.

A free morn­ing tea will be held from 11am at the Echuca Civic Cen­tre.

To be in the run­ning for ad­ver­tis­ing pack­ages in the River­ine Her­ald, Cam­paspe News and Kyabram Free Press you must reg­is­ter be­fore Mon­day, Novem­ber 20.

Clar­i­fi­ca­tion

CAM­PASPE News would like to clar­ify that the Mark Wil­liams that went to court last week is not the same Mark Wil­liams that lives in Queen Street, Rochester.

We apol­o­gise for the in­con­vie­nience or harm this may have caused. A MAN ac­cused of light­ing two fires in Nan­neella on Sat­ur­day has been ar­rested.

The 49-year-old Kyabram man has been charged with eight ar­son-re­lated of­fences, in­clud­ing crim­i­nal dam­age by fire, light­ing a fire to de­stroy prop­erty, light­ing a fire en­dan­ger­ing prop­erty and light­ing a fire in open air with­out author­ity.

He has been bailed to ap­pear at Echuca Mag­is­trates’ Court on Jan­uary 16.

CFA District 20 op­er­a­tions man­ager Peter Tay­lor said Rochester and Kyabram brigades at­tended the first fire on the side of the road at Do­herty Road about 9.30pm.

They were then called to an­other scrub fire at Thorn­ton Rd about 10.45pm.

‘‘The vol­un­teers were prob­a­bly out for an hour and a half,’’ he said.

Although the fires were only small and posed no dan­ger to prop­erty, Mr Tay­lor said there was still con­cern be­cause of high fuel loads.

‘‘We’re get­ting to the dry end of the sea­son and if some­one is de­lib­er­ately set­ting fires, it’s putting lives and prop­erty at risk,’’ he said.

Fri­day will mark the start of the fire dan­ger pe­riod for Cam­paspe Shire, which is ex­pected to run un­til May.

The re­stric­tions mean you can­not light a fire in the open air un­less you have a per­mit or com­ply with cer­tain re­quire­ments.

‘‘Peo­ple need to be aware the re­stric­tions are in place for a rea­son,’’ Mr Tay­lor said.

‘‘We do this for safety. Peo­ple need to un­der­stand fires are very dan­ger­ous and can cause a lot of panic and dan­ger.’’

He urged peo­ple to be vig­i­lant in the lead up to Fri­day, par­tic­u­larly if they are plan­ning to burn off.

‘‘Wind can spread fires and a small burn off can eas­ily get out of con­trol,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of the ar­eas along the Mur­ray and Cam­paspe are over­grown so be care­ful in that en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘We want ev­ery­one to en­joy the sum­mer pe­riod and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that gives, but as long as ev­ery­one fol­lows the rules and puts their safety first.’’

Four hectares of grass­land, 72 hay bales and some pri­vate plan­ta­tion were burnt in a blaze at Bamawm Ex­ten­sion yes­ter­day.

Tankers from Bamawm Ex­ten­sion, Kotta and Lock­ing­ton were called to the blaze in Lowry Rd at 12.08pm where they spent a cou­ple of hours putting it out.

Bamawm Ex­ten­sion cap­tain George Calleja said this was the 11th fire the bri­gade had at­tended in the past two weeks.

Although the fire is safe, there is still a large num­ber of hay bales smol­der­ing in the area.

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