Man charged over two fires
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/ email@example.com.
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.
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.