Fire ex­poses wa­ter woes

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100 years ago. Jan­uary 18, 1919. THE dis­as­trous fire which oc­curred at Rochester on Satur­day last has nat­u­rally di­rected at­ten­tion to our un­sat­is­fac­tory wa­ter sup­ply.

It was pitiable to have to stand im­po­tently by and watch the de­struc­tion of a fine house in an im­por­tant res­i­den­tial quar­ter of the town.

The thing is dis­qui­et­ing and calls for such mea­sures as shall put the whole mat­ter of wa­ter sup­ply on a bet­ter foot­ing. A good deal of di­ver­sity of opin­ion seems to ex­ist as to the quan­tity of wa­ter avail­able in the tower tank at the time, but the pres­sure has been so poor and the com­plaints as to the wa­ter sup­ply so nu­mer­ous dur­ing the past few weeks, that one is dis­posed to be­lieve that things were not as they should be.

The Wa­ter Trust Com­mis­sion­ers must carry their full mea­sure of blame , though per­haps harsher things have been said than were jus­ti­fied.

Still the fact re­mains that they are re­spon­si­ble to the pub­lic. They may meet and ‘‘res­o­lute till the cows come home,’’ but it is all to no pur­pose if they fail to see that the con­trac­tors re­spon­si­ble keep an ad­e­quate sup­ply of wa­ter in the tank.

This has not been done — the pub­lic knew it and the com­mis­sion­ers must have known it — and it is un­for­tu­nate that some­one has had to sub­mit to de­plorable loss be­fore in­sis­tent de­mands for a bet­ter ser­vice are made.

We have com­plained again and again, un­til we had grown weary of it and this pa­per had be­come anath­ema to the ‘‘pow­ers that be.’’ Apart from the in­ad­e­quate sup­ply of wa­ter, it is rather startling to find that in a pop­u­lous res­i­den­tial quar­ter like the north end of Ram­say St the wa­ter is car­ried along in a mis­er­able 11⁄ 4in main.

This was prob­a­bly put in years ago when there was but a house or two in that sec­tion, but that it should have been al­lowed to ‘‘do’’ un­der ex­ist­ing cir­cum­stances is a dis­as­trous adop­tion of the de­plorably un­pro­gres­sive prin­ci­ple that ‘‘what was good enough in the year one is good enough in the year ‘um­teen’.’’ It seems to us that the whole dis­tribut­ing sys­tem re­quires look­ing into. This is per­haps not an iso­lated case of an in­ad­e­quate main, and the town wa­ter ser­vice should be brought up to date, even if it should en­tail a lit­tle heav­ier rate.

30 years ago. Jan­uary 17, 1989. ROCHESTER Shire Coun­cil has asked lo­cal po­lice whether the level of crime in Rochester war­rants coun­cil es­tab­lish­ing a com­mu­nity-based pro­gram to keep teenagers off the streets.

The ques­tion was posed in a let­ter to Rochester Po­lice’s of­fi­cerin-charge Sgt Alan Cole, and his an­swer is ‘‘yes’’. Sgt Cole last week told the Campaspe News there were ‘‘prob­lems’’ in Rochester and although they were of a ‘‘mi­nor na­ture’’ they oc­curred fre­quently enough to war­rant look­ing at the pro­gram.

Rochester res­i­dents and busi­nesses have been the vic­tims of nu­mer­ous at­tacks by van­dals in re­cent months and the cost in prop­erty dam­age has run into the thou­sands of dol­lars.

Coun­cil’s let­ter to Sgt Cole out­lined de­tails of the Good Neigh­bour­hood Pro­gram, which aims to over­come the prob­lems of crime, drug abuse and van­dal­ism where they in­volve young people.

The pro­gram would see com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volv­ing young people in en­joy­able, pro­duc­tive ac­tiv­i­ties.

Sgt Cole said the pro­gram could help stem crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in the fu­ture, but doubted it would solve the im­me­di­ate prob­lem in Rochester.

Sgt Cole said he be­lieved the spate of van­dal­ism would stop if he could re­move five or six teenagers from the com­mu­nity.

10 years ago. Jan­uary, 6, 2008. LOCKINGTON cow­girl Cherie O’Donoghue goes into the Staunch En­ergy Drink Na­tional Fi­nals Rodeo as one of three favourites for the all-around cow­girl ti­tle at the Gold Coast Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Jan­uary 8-11.

O’Donoghue won the all-around two years ago but last year’s Aus­tralian Pro­fes­sional Rodeo As­so­ci­a­tion (APRA) fi­nals were not held due to equine in­fluenza.

She fin­ished the com­bined 2007-08 sea­son in sec­ond place in break­away rop­ing stand­ings and sixth place in the bar­rel race. To win the all-around, com­peti­tors must qual­ify for two fi­nals and O’Donoghue is one of five in the run­ning.

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