The year that was in 2016

Euroa Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - The Skye Park Aus­tralian Car­riage Lit­tle or no rain in the pre­ced­ing Plans un­veiled to ren­o­vate the old


Jan­uary 13

1100 peo­ple sign a pe­ti­tion urg­ing the Shire of Strath­bo­gie to com­mit to the long term fund­ing of the shire’s four pool fa­cil­i­ties.

Jan­uary 20

Lo­cal po­lice urge road users to act re­spon­si­bly dur­ing 2016, af­ter a spate of ac­ci­dents in­clud­ing many due to dan­ger­ous and al­co­hol af­fected driv­ing leaves four dead and six­teen in­jured in 2015.

Jan­uary 27

Shire of Strath­bo­gie res­i­dents cel­e­brate Aus­tralia Day, with John Hawkes named as the shire’s ‘Cit­i­zen of the Year’.


Fe­bru­ary 3

Schools across the district re­opened for term one this week, with Euroa schools en­joy­ing a joint af­ter­noon tea to wel­come the new year.

Fe­bru­ary 10

The clos­ing of the Vi­o­let Town Works De­pot by the Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil draws crit­i­cism from unions, em­ploy­ees and the Vi­o­let Town Ac­tion Group (VTAG)

Fe­bru­ary 17

The Nagam­bie Am­bu­lance Ser­vice Com­mu­nity Al­liance (NASCA) ea­gerly awaits a de­ci­sion by the State Gov­ern­ment fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful six-week trial of a para­medic ser­vice in the town.

Fe­bru­ary 24

A photo of the Kelly Gang taken in Euroa in 1878 was auc­tioned off, with the im­age fetch­ing al­most $15,000.


March 2

Euroa’s first Twi­light Hawk­ers Mar­ket went off with a bang, with around 1000 peo­ple en­joy­ing live mu­sic, food, wine and beer stalls.

March 9

The 2016 Asia Pa­cific F3K hand­held glider com­pe­ti­tion took place in Long­wood, with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors tak­ing part.

March 16

Lo­cal man War­ren ‘Prong’ Cum­mins is given a sec­ond chance at life af­ter pa­trons at the Euroa Ho­tel per­formed CPR on him un­til the am­bu­lance ar­rived fol­low­ing a heart at­tack. Prong, who was even­tu­ally re­vived, had been clin­i­cally dead for 14 min­utes.

March 23

Newly re­leased coun­cil bud­get re­veals the shire to be in its strong­est fi­nan­cial po­si­tion in years, with a wel­come $5.5m sur­plus.

March 30

A pro­posed amend­ment to the Strath­bo­gie Plan­ning Scheme re­opens the hot-but­ton is­sue of gam­ing ma­chines at the Euroa Ho­tel.


April 6

Driv­ing Cham­pi­onships were held at the Long­wood Re­cre­ation Re­serve over the Easter week­end.

April 13

The ‘Fire­fight­ers for Forests’ group is formed to com­bat the planned pre­scribed burn of the Strath­bo­gie State For­est by DELWP, cit­ing con­cerns for the wa­ter sup­ply con­tam­i­na­tion and dis­place­ment of wildlife.

April 20

The Shire Coun­cil sought le­gal ad­vice as to whether the is­sue of poker ma­chines in Euroa was fi­nally set­tled af­ter coun­cil­lors voted to not send the pro­posed plan­ning amend­ment to the Vic­to­rian Plan­ning Min­is­ter.

April 27

The Euroa Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre sud­denly closes with the build­ing sold to pay off some of the debts in­curred by the fa­cil­ity.


May 4

months had farm­ers across the Shire of Strath­bo­gie call­ing for the dec­la­ra­tion of drought con­di­tions by the State Gov­ern­ment and sub­se­quent re­lief fund­ing.

May 11

Busi­ness owner Franz Kloft vows he will chal­lenge the Shire of Strath­bo­gie’s pro­posed $400,000 round­about out the front of his me­chan­i­cal re­pair shop in Euroa.

May 18

Shar­man Stone, who has rep­re­sented the re­gion as the Lib­eral Mem­ber for Mur­ray since 1996, an­nounced she would not stand for re-elec­tion.

May 25

Shire coun­cil an­nounced that of the $40 mil­lion worth of de­vel­op­ment ap­proved over past 12 months, $26,653,909 was lo­cated in the Lake Nagam­bie ward.


June 1

‘Tel­stra Pad­dock’ be­hind the Euroa Post Of­fice to cre­ate a me­mo­rial wall and gar­den ded­i­cated to re­gion’s sol­diers in The Great War.

June 8

$500,000 is com­mit­ted by the State Gov­ern­ment to fund the up­grad­ing of the Euroa Sa­le­yards. The up­grades will en­sure the long-term vi­a­bil­ity of the fa­cil­i­ties.

June 15

The Euroa Ro­tary Club do­nates a fur­ther $15,000 to the Euroa Health Build­ing Fund, bring­ing the club’s to­tal do­na­tions to the ap­peal to $40,000.

June 22

Long­wood’s Max Cox was awarded the Aus­tralian Fire Ser­vices Medal as part of the Queen’s Birth­day hon­our list. Max was recog­nised for his 63 years of ser­vice to the Long­wood CFA.

June 29

Strath­bo­gie Coun­cil votes five to one to be­gin the pub­li­ca­tion of a fort­nightly news­let­ter to be de­liv­ered to house­holds across the shire, fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents.


July 6

Vot­ers head to the polling booths as part of the fed­eral elec­tion. Na­tion­als can­di­date Damian Drum is elected as the new Mem­ber for Mur­ray.

July 13

The Euroa For­longe Branch of the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion (CWA) cel­e­brated its 50th an­niver­sary at St An­drews Hall.

July 20

Po­lice be­gin the search for ‘brazen’ crim­i­nals who ram-raided the Nagam­bie United Petrol Sta­tion in the early hours of the morn­ing, caus­ing tens-of-thou­sands of dol­lars dam­age.

July 27

Long­wood en­ters four cat­e­gories in the Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful Tidy Towns Awards af­ter com­pe­ti­tion judge vis­its the town­ship.


Au­gust 3

Af­ter a dry start to the year, Bell Street Euroa res­i­dents were once again flooded af­ter an­other week of heavy rain. The floods prompted coun­cil to look into flood pre­ven­tion mea­sures.

Au­gust 10

Hun­dreds of guests at­tend the Shire of Strath­bo­gie Busi­ness Din­ner hosted by Busi­ness Euroa at Fowles Win­ery in Avenel. Guests were en­ter­tained by guest speak­ers in­clud­ing ac­tor Shane Jacobson.

Au­gust 17

Af­ter eight years on Shire Coun­cil and the past year as Mayor, Colleen Furlan­etto an­nounced she would not be stand­ing for re-elec­tion in Oc­to­ber.

Au­gust 24

Vi­o­let Town foot­baller Robert Staff kicks 21 goals in a huge win over Ard­mona in the KDFL.

Au­gust 31

Lo­cal land own­ers team up in a bid to halt the spread of Pater­son’s Curse by or­gan­is­ing a two-day aerial bom­bard­ment of the weeds around Shean’s Creek via he­li­copter.


Septem­ber 7

A be­low av­er­age sum­mer in terms of rain­fall gives way to a very wet win­ter, send­ing cat­tle prices sky­rock­et­ing and keep­ing farm­ers smil­ing.

Septem­ber 14

Plans for the com­plete over­haul of Nagam­bie’s Main Street; in­clud­ing new park­ing spa­ces, in­for­ma­tion cen­tre, and lake ac­cess stair­case, are re­vealed to res­i­dents for con­sul­ta­tion.

Septem­ber 21

SES warns Shire of Strath­bo­gie res­i­dents that fur­ther rain­fall on the al­ready-sod­den catch­ments could re­sult in flood­ing, urge pre­pared­ness.

Septem­ber 28

Heart­break for the Euroa un­der 18 foot­ball side who were nar­rowly beaten by Shep­par­ton United in a thrilling grand fi­nal. It was the first ap­pear­ance by the club in an un­der­age grand fi­nal in its 45-year his­tory in the league.


Oc­to­ber 5

The Aus­tralian Na­tional Show and Shine is held in Euroa, with bad weather un­able to dampen the spir­its of the thou­sands of vis­i­tors who flocked to the event.

Oc­to­ber 12

Fund­ing by the State Gov­ern­ment given to the Strath­bo­gie-Sey­mour En­ergy Al­liance to look into the fea­si­bil­ity of a pumped hy­dro­elec­tric­ity sys­tem for the re­gion.

Oc­to­ber 19

The Ro­tary Club of Euroa cel­e­brated its 70th an­niver­sary at a com­mem­o­ra­tive din­ner at the Mercy Cen­tre, Euroa.

Oc­to­ber 26

Euroa en­joys ‘bumper week­end’, with the Show Eve con­cert ‘Shear Magic’, a re­vamped 126th an­nual Euroa Show, and a wel­come pic­nic for the re­gions refugees.

Novem­ber Novem­ber 2

Shire elects its rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil. The new-look body in­cludes four new­com­ers who join three in­cum­bents.

Novem­ber 9

Log­ging crews move into the Strath­bo­gie For­est amidst fierce re­sis­tance from lo­cal en­vi­ron­men­tal groups.

Novem­ber 16

Shire pauses to re­mem­ber those have lost their lives in the ser­vice of our coun­try across all con­flicts dur­ing som­bre Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies.

Novem­ber 23

Newly elected Shire Coun­cil elects Gray­town res­i­dent Amanda McClaren

Novem­ber 30

Euroa Health holds its Coun­try Fair at the Seven Creeks Es­tate in a bid to raise much-needed funds for its new Gran­ite-Hill aged care fa­cil­ity.


De­cem­ber 7

Pools across the shire re­open as res­i­dents wel­come the warmer weather.

De­cem­ber 14

Re­sults for stu­dent sit­ting their VCE are re­leased across the state. Jade McNamara is named Dux of Euroa Se­condary Col­lege as part of high­achiev­ing co­hort.

De­cem­ber 21

Premier Daniel An­drews and Vic­to­rian Health Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy trav­elled to Nagam­bie to an­nounce a 24hr, seven day a week am­bu­lance ser­vice for the town dur­ing the sum­mer peak sea­son.

AN­ZAC DAY TRIB­UTE: The street march in Vi­o­let Town, led by lone piper Greg Robert­son, was a solemn show of re­spect for ser­vice per­son­nel past and present. APRIL

IRONMAN: Dene Burls (be­low), who less than 12 months ear­lier ‘couldn’t swim 25 me­tres’, com­pletes Cairns Ironman Triathlon. The Ironman is com­posed of a 3.8km ocean swim, 180km bike ride, and 42km run. JUNE

FE­BRU­ARY BOWLED OVER: The an­nual Pink Stumps High Tea at Euroa’s Me­mo­rial Oval was a great suc­cess once again with 180 ladies dressed in pink in at­ten­dance to raise money for the McGrath Foun­da­tion.

JAN­UARY OR­DER OF AUS­TRALIA: Euroa’s Nola Dud­ley and Bernie Walk­ers were two of the 375 Aus­tralians pre­sented with Or­der of Aus­tralia Medals (OAMs) by the Gov­er­nor Gen­eral.

MARCH SHOT: Euroa Lawn Ten­nis Club’s 86th an­nual Labour Day week­end ten­nis tour­na­ment at­tracted a record num­ber of play­ers last year with 460 reg­is­tered com­peti­tors. Lo­cals like Kyle An­drews (pic­tured left) held their own in a crowded field.

OC­TO­BER SHOW DAY: Lara Saxon, Harper Tim­per­ley and Poppy Hors­burgh took part in the ‘Miss Tiny Tot’ com­pe­ti­tion.

NOVEM­BER WOOL WEEK: Lo­cal girls dance around the May­pole, a Wool Week fix­ture fol­low­ing the Bin­ney Street pa­rade.

SEPTEM­BER SU­PER SEPTEM­BER: Nagam­bie Foot­ball Net­ball Club en­joys golden week­end, with seven out of eight teams competing in grand fi­nals. While the Lak­ers won both se­nior and re­serves foot­ball, it was cross-shire ri­vals Avenel who won both the A and B grade net­ball flags.

PHOTO: Ma­tine McCul­lagh

JULY SNOW FALLS: Three year old El­iz­a­beth McCul­lagh makes snow­balls af­ter a blast of cold weather meant res­i­dents in el­e­vated ar­eas of the shire woke to a ‘White Christ­mas in July’.

AU­GUST MILE­STONES: Craig Bamford took the field for his 350th se­nior game of foot­ball for the Euroa Mag­pies in early Au­gust, while cap­tain An­drew Bell notched up his 100th game on the same day.

DE­CEM­BER FULL VOICE: Singers from group 36 De­grees South per­form at the Vi­o­let Town car­ols. From left Carol David­son, Pam Meagher and Sue Woodall.

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