Times were still tough for dairy farms 10 years ago

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

■ 10 years ago Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, 2007 DAIRYING in north­ern Vic­to­ria and the Rive­rina is "on a knife edge", with good rains in the next six weeks the only so­lu­tion to pre­vent­ing per­ma­nent change, ac­cord­ing to many in­volved in the in­dus­try.

Farm­ers are sell­ing their herds, wa­ter rights and farms, though some are bat­tling on with plan­ning and hope.

North­ern Vic­to­ria's $1.9 bil­lion in­dus­try was built on ir­ri­ga­tion from the Mur­ray River, but the con­tin­u­a­tion of the worst drought on record means lit­tle wa­ter is avail­able for ir­ri­ga­tion to grow feed. An Echuca east res­i­dent called the fire bri­gade about 4.10pm Wed­nes­day when the car she was driv­ing stalled in Roberts Court be­cause of a fire un­der the bon­net.

The bri­gade quickly ex­tin­guished the fire which dam­aged the en­gine bay of the early model Com­modore, but did not reach the ve­hi­cle's in­te­rior.

Fire bri­gade cap­tain Paul Ni­coll said the woman, who had a child with her, told fire­fight­ers the car had just been ser­viced. The Bendigo Am­a­teur Soc­cer League Ju­nior Vipers played their last match on Sun­day against Brighton in the un­der 13 girls divi­sion of the A metro league.

The Vipers needed a win to hold onto sec­ond place af­ter two re­cent un­ex­pected losses and North Caulfield only two points be­hind them, ea­ger to steal the run­ner-up spot.

The Vipers needed to make mul­ti­ple changes to the line-up, with six girls, in­clud­ing lead­ing goal scorer Kariah White, un­well.

■ 30 years ago Fri­day, Septem­ber 11, 1987 A MOAMA Abo­rig­i­nal leader has an­nounced big plans for his peo­ple in­volv­ing more power, money, houses, jobs and a com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Mr Gary Mur­ray, chair­man of the Moama Lo­cal Abo­rig­i­nal Land Coun­cil (LALC) said last year had been a year of ‘‘dis­ap­point­ment and in­ac­tion’’ for Abo­rig­ines here, but he fore­shad­owed ment’’ in 1987-88.

Mr Mur­ray slammed the NSW Govern­ment’s sys­tem for al­lo­cat­ing Abo­rig­i­nal money. IN­TER­ESTED par­ents, ed­u­ca­tion­ists and oth­ers have been urged to at­tend a meet­ing in Echuca next week to dis­cuss a pro­posed Ten Year Plan for in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abil­ity ser­vices.

Prin­ci­pal of Te­han House in Echuca, Mrs Fran Galvin, said the plan had some rad­i­cal im­pli­ca­tions.

‘‘The big thrust of it is to de­in­sti­tu­tion­alise,’’ Mrs Galvin said yes­ter­day.

In the short-term it would af­fect big­ger in­sti­tu­tions more than Te­han House, but even­tu­ally it could mean Te­han House would ‘‘dis­ap­pear’’. A SE­VERE BLOW has been dealt to Moama just days be­fore its bout with Echuca East in the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal to­mor­row.

Mag­pies’ cap­tain Ge­off Og­den was sus­pended for one week by the Echuca Foot­ball League In­de­pen­dent Tri­bunal on Wed­nes­day night. ‘‘real ad­vance-

Og­den was re­ported by cen­tral um­pire Al­lan Betts and bound­ary um­pire M. Gro­gan dur­ing last week’s sec­ond semi-fi­nal against Lock­ing­ton for in­ten­tion­ally trip­ping Richard Chirn­side.

■ 50 years ago Fri­day, Septem­ber 15, 1967 RECORD EN­TRIES of cat­tle are ex­pected for the Echuca A and P So­ci­ety’s 1967 show to be staged on Novem­ber 10 and 11, with two breed so­ci­eties stag­ing fea­ture shows.

The so­ci­eties which have se­lected Echuca as the venue for their fea­ture events are the Beef Shorthorn So­ci­ety and the North­ern Guernsey Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

With the ad­di­tional in­ter­est cre­ated by the stag­ing of the fea­ture shows, and the strong pa­tron­age for other breeds which is al­ways ap­par­ent, the So­ci­ety is ex­pect­ing the great­est in­flux of cat­tle in its his­tory. ECHUCA CITY COUN­CIL will ask the owner of an Echuca South join­ery works to sub­mit plans of pro­posed build­ings be­fore grant­ing per­mis­sion for the erec­tion of ad­di­tional stor­age build­ings and racks.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for the ad­di­tional build­ings and racks was re­ceived by Coun­cil at its meet­ing this week from Mr. N. Sim­mons of 291 High Street.

Com­ment­ing on the ap­pli­ca­tion, the coun­cil’s town planners said the land was zoned for res­i­den­tial pur­poses, and that it was pro­posed to erect the build­ings and racks on land ad­join­ing the ex­ist­ing join­ery works and hav­ing a frontage to Wat­tle St. ECHUCA should win their way to their first BFL grand fi­nal since 1950 by de­feat­ing South Bendigo at the Queen Eliz­a­beth Oval in the sec­ond semi-fi­nal to­mor­row.

Se­lec­tors last night named a strong side for the clash and made two changes from the side which con­vinc­ingly de­feated Sand­hurst in the last home and away game.

One of the changes was forced, as Ross Grow­cott was un­avail­able for se­lec­tion as he is still be­ing trou­bled by an an­kle in­jury.

Thomas.hinss@river­ine­herald.com.au

REFLECTIONS: The RSL Wel­fare Com­mit­tee of 1943. If you know any­one in this pic­ture or have one to use for reflections send them to

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