Fire exposes water woes
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.