Deniliquin Pastoral Times

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Run on

Organisers of the Campbell’s Shepparton Running Festival have announced it will go ahead.

The festival is scheduled to run on August 21-22 at Shepparton’s Victoria Park Lake but despite the event allowing a capacity of 1000 participan­ts, the Victorian Government’s latest guidelines have capped patrons at 300 for outdoor events.

With more than 300 tickets already sold, entry for the event’s longdistan­ce discipline­s are on pause: 10km, half and full marathon.

Entries will reopen once the event is given the green light, while NT and NSW residents can get a full refund on their tickets.

$7 million success

Moama Lights could return in 2022 after Murray River Council heard the inaugural event this year contribute­d more than $7 million to the EchucaMoam­a region.

The two-week light and sound show at Horseshoe Lagoon was free to attend and opened on May 8, with more than 15,000 tickets registered.

The results of a post-event survey presented to Murray River Council at its meeting last Tuesday showed 84 per cent of more than 1200 respondent­s said the show exceeded their expectatio­ns.

More than a third of visitors live more than 50km from EchucaMoam­a, and 62 per cent said the main reason for their visit to the town was to see Moama Lights and a third stayed three to four nights in the twin towns.

First on brigade

Kylie Comte is hoping her election as the first female officer at Seymour Fire Brigade will encourage more women to join the CFA.

Kylie was elected by fellow volunteer firefighte­rs as the brigade’s third lieutenant and said it demonstrat­ed the importance of looking at someone’s skillset rather than their gender.

A volunteer firefighte­r for almost 10 years, Kylie joined a junior fire brigade program in Avenel when she was still at school and hasn’t looked back.

‘‘One of my earliest memories is my dad pulling on his turnout gear and jumping on the truck to fight fires,’’ she said.

‘‘He’s always been someone I’ve looked up to and someone I saw as a bit of a hero. I wanted to make a difference in the community like he did.’’

Plan for Place

Kyabram will receive $15,000 from Campaspe Shire Council towards getting its Place Based Plan off the ground.

At its meeting on July 21, council passed the funding for the plan, which includes short-, medium- and longterm goals for the town spread across four key focus areas.

Those areas are health, welfare and social wellbeing; industry, education, and training; natural and build environmen­t; and retail and tourism.

The plan lists 12 short-term projects, eight medium-term projects and a handful of long-term and advocacy and support projects ranging from an off-leash dog park to improving the visual appeal of town entrances to developing a rail trail between Kyabram and Echuca.

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