The year that was in 2016
1100 people sign a petition urging the Shire of Strathbogie to commit to the long term funding of the shire’s four pool facilities.
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.
Shire of Strathbogie residents celebrate Australia Day, with John Hawkes named as the shire’s ‘Citizen of the Year’.
Schools across the district reopened for term one this week, with Euroa schools enjoying a joint afternoon tea to welcome the new year.
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)
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.
A photo of the Kelly Gang taken in Euroa in 1878 was auctioned off, with the image fetching almost $15,000.
Euroa’s first Twilight Hawkers Market went off with a bang, with around 1000 people enjoying live music, food, wine and beer stalls.
The 2016 Asia Pacific F3K handheld glider competition took place in Longwood, with local and international competitors taking part.
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.
Newly released council budget reveals the shire to be in its strongest financial position in years, with a welcome $5.5m surplus.
A proposed amendment to the Strathbogie Planning Scheme reopens the hot-button issue of gaming machines at the Euroa Hotel.
Driving Championships were held at the Longwood Recreation Reserve over the Easter weekend.
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.
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.
The Euroa Community Education Centre suddenly closes with the building sold to pay off some of the debts incurred by the facility.
months had farmers across the Shire of Strathbogie calling for the declaration of drought conditions by the State Government and subsequent relief funding.
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.
Sharman Stone, who has represented the region as the Liberal Member for Murray since 1996, announced she would not stand for re-election.
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.
‘Telstra Paddock’ behind the Euroa Post Office to create a memorial wall and garden dedicated to region’s soldiers in The Great War.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
Voters head to the polling booths as part of the federal election. Nationals candidate Damian Drum is elected as the new Member for Murray.
The Euroa Forlonge Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) celebrated its 50th anniversary at St Andrews Hall.
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.
Longwood enters four categories in the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Awards after competition judge visits the township.
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.
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.
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.
Violet Town footballer Robert Staff kicks 21 goals in a huge win over Ardmona in the KDFL.
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.
A below average summer in terms of rainfall gives way to a very wet winter, sending cattle prices skyrocketing and keeping farmers smiling.
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.
SES warns Shire of Strathbogie residents that further rainfall on the already-sodden catchments could result in flooding, urge preparedness.
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.
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.
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.
The Rotary Club of Euroa celebrated its 70th anniversary at a commemorative dinner at the Mercy Centre, Euroa.
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.
Logging crews move into the Strathbogie Forest amidst fierce resistance from local environmental groups.
Shire pauses to remember those have lost their lives in the service of our country across all conflicts during sombre Remembrance Day ceremonies.
Newly elected Shire Council elects Graytown resident Amanda McClaren
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.
Pools across the shire reopen as residents welcome the warmer weather.
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.
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.
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.