Times were still tough for dairy farms 10 years ago
■ 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.
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