Euroa Gazette

The year that was in 2016

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January

January 13

1100 people sign a petition urging the Shire of Strathbogi­e to commit to the long term funding of the shire’s four pool facilities.

January 20

Local police urge road users to act responsibl­y during 2016, after a spate of accidents including many due to dangerous and alcohol affected driving leaves four dead and sixteen injured in 2015.

January 27

Shire of Strathbogi­e residents celebrate Australia Day, with John Hawkes named as the shire’s ‘Citizen of the Year’.

February

February 3

Schools across the district reopened for term one this week, with Euroa schools enjoying a joint afternoon tea to welcome the new year.

February 10

The closing of the Violet Town Works Depot by the Strathbogi­e Shire Council draws criticism from unions, employees and the Violet Town Action Group (VTAG)

February 17

The Nagambie Ambulance Service Community Alliance (NASCA) eagerly awaits a decision by the State Government following a successful six-week trial of a paramedic service in the town.

February 24

A photo of the Kelly Gang taken in Euroa in 1878 was auctioned off, with the image fetching almost $15,000.

March

March 2

Euroa’s first Twilight Hawkers Market went off with a bang, with around 1000 people enjoying live music, food, wine and beer stalls.

March 9

The 2016 Asia Pacific F3K handheld glider competitio­n took place in Longwood, with local and internatio­nal competitor­s taking part.

March 16

Local man Warren ‘Prong’ Cummins is given a second chance at life after patrons at the Euroa Hotel performed CPR on him until the ambulance arrived following a heart attack. Prong, who was eventually revived, had been clinically dead for 14 minutes.

March 23

Newly released council budget reveals the shire to be in its strongest financial position in years, with a welcome $5.5m surplus.

March 30

A proposed amendment to the Strathbogi­e Planning Scheme reopens the hot-button issue of gaming machines at the Euroa Hotel.

April

April 6

Driving Championsh­ips were held at the Longwood Recreation Reserve over the Easter weekend.

April 13

The ‘Firefighte­rs for Forests’ group is formed to combat the planned prescribed burn of the Strathbogi­e State Forest by DELWP, citing concerns for the water supply contaminat­ion and displaceme­nt of wildlife.

April 20

The Shire Council sought legal advice as to whether the issue of poker machines in Euroa was finally settled after councillor­s voted to not send the proposed planning amendment to the Victorian Planning Minister.

April 27

The Euroa Community Education Centre suddenly closes with the building sold to pay off some of the debts incurred by the facility.

May

May 4

months had farmers across the Shire of Strathbogi­e calling for the declaratio­n of drought conditions by the State Government and subsequent relief funding.

May 11

Business owner Franz Kloft vows he will challenge the Shire of Strathbogi­e’s proposed $400,000 roundabout out the front of his mechanical repair shop in Euroa.

May 18

Sharman Stone, who has represente­d the region as the Liberal Member for Murray since 1996, announced she would not stand for re-election.

May 25

Shire council announced that of the $40 million worth of developmen­t approved over past 12 months, $26,653,909 was located in the Lake Nagambie ward.

June

June 1

‘Telstra Paddock’ behind the Euroa Post Office to create a memorial wall and garden dedicated to region’s soldiers in The Great War.

June 8

$500,000 is committed by the State Government to fund the upgrading of the Euroa Saleyards. The upgrades will ensure the long-term viability of the facilities.

June 15

The Euroa Rotary Club donates a further $15,000 to the Euroa Health Building Fund, bringing the club’s total donations to the appeal to $40,000.

June 22

Longwood’s Max Cox was awarded the Australian Fire Services Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday honour list. Max was recognised for his 63 years of service to the Longwood CFA.

June 29

Strathbogi­e Council votes five to one to begin the publicatio­n of a fortnightl­y newsletter to be delivered to households across the shire, following consultati­on with residents.

July

July 6

Voters head to the polling booths as part of the federal election. Nationals candidate Damian Drum is elected as the new Member for Murray.

July 13

The Euroa Forlonge Branch of the Country Women’s Associatio­n (CWA) celebrated its 50th anniversar­y at St Andrews Hall.

July 20

Police begin the search for ‘brazen’ criminals who ram-raided the Nagambie United Petrol Station in the early hours of the morning, causing tens-of-thousands of dollars damage.

July 27

Longwood enters four categories in the Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Awards after competitio­n judge visits the township.

August

August 3

After a dry start to the year, Bell Street Euroa residents were once again flooded after another week of heavy rain. The floods prompted council to look into flood prevention measures.

August 10

Hundreds of guests attend the Shire of Strathbogi­e Business Dinner hosted by Business Euroa at Fowles Winery in Avenel. Guests were entertaine­d by guest speakers including actor Shane Jacobson.

August 17

After eight years on Shire Council and the past year as Mayor, Colleen Furlanetto announced she would not be standing for re-election in October.

August 24

Violet Town footballer Robert Staff kicks 21 goals in a huge win over Ardmona in the KDFL.

August 31

Local land owners team up in a bid to halt the spread of Paterson’s Curse by organising a two-day aerial bombardmen­t of the weeds around Shean’s Creek via helicopter.

September

September 7

A below average summer in terms of rainfall gives way to a very wet winter, sending cattle prices skyrocketi­ng and keeping farmers smiling.

September 14

Plans for the complete overhaul of Nagambie’s Main Street; including new parking spaces, informatio­n centre, and lake access staircase, are revealed to residents for consultati­on.

September 21

SES warns Shire of Strathbogi­e residents that further rainfall on the already-sodden catchments could result in flooding, urge preparedne­ss.

September 28

Heartbreak for the Euroa under 18 football side who were narrowly beaten by Shepparton United in a thrilling grand final. It was the first appearance by the club in an underage grand final in its 45-year history in the league.

October

October 5

The Australian National Show and Shine is held in Euroa, with bad weather unable to dampen the spirits of the thousands of visitors who flocked to the event.

October 12

Funding by the State Government given to the Strathbogi­e-Seymour Energy Alliance to look into the feasibilit­y of a pumped hydroelect­ricity system for the region.

October 19

The Rotary Club of Euroa celebrated its 70th anniversar­y at a commemorat­ive dinner at the Mercy Centre, Euroa.

October 26

Euroa enjoys ‘bumper weekend’, with the Show Eve concert ‘Shear Magic’, a revamped 126th annual Euroa Show, and a welcome picnic for the regions refugees.

November November 2

Shire elects its representa­tive council. The new-look body includes four newcomers who join three incumbents.

November 9

Logging crews move into the Strathbogi­e Forest amidst fierce resistance from local environmen­tal groups.

November 16

Shire pauses to remember those have lost their lives in the service of our country across all conflicts during sombre Remembranc­e Day ceremonies.

November 23

Newly elected Shire Council elects Graytown resident Amanda McClaren

November 30

Euroa Health holds its Country Fair at the Seven Creeks Estate in a bid to raise much-needed funds for its new Granite-Hill aged care facility.

December

December 7

Pools across the shire reopen as residents welcome the warmer weather.

December 14

Results for student sitting their VCE are released across the state. Jade McNamara is named Dux of Euroa Secondary College as part of highachiev­ing cohort.

December 21

Premier Daniel Andrews and Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy travelled to Nagambie to announce a 24hr, seven day a week ambulance service for the town during the summer peak season.

 ??  ?? ANZAC DAY TRIBUTE: The street march in Violet Town, led by lone piper Greg Robertson, was a solemn show of respect for service personnel past and present. APRIL
ANZAC DAY TRIBUTE: The street march in Violet Town, led by lone piper Greg Robertson, was a solemn show of respect for service personnel past and present. APRIL
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IRONMAN: Dene Burls (below), who less than 12 months earlier ‘couldn’t swim 25 metres’, completes Cairns Ironman Triathlon. The Ironman is composed of a 3.8km ocean swim, 180km bike ride, and 42km run. JUNE
 ??  ?? FEBRUARY BOWLED OVER: The annual Pink Stumps High Tea at Euroa’s Memorial Oval was a great success once again with 180 ladies dressed in pink in attendance to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.
FEBRUARY BOWLED OVER: The annual Pink Stumps High Tea at Euroa’s Memorial Oval was a great success once again with 180 ladies dressed in pink in attendance to raise money for the McGrath Foundation.
 ??  ?? JANUARY ORDER OF AUSTRALIA: Euroa’s Nola Dudley and Bernie Walkers were two of the 375 Australian­s presented with Order of Australia Medals (OAMs) by the Governor General.
JANUARY ORDER OF AUSTRALIA: Euroa’s Nola Dudley and Bernie Walkers were two of the 375 Australian­s presented with Order of Australia Medals (OAMs) by the Governor General.
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 ??  ?? MARCH SHOT: Euroa Lawn Tennis Club’s 86th annual Labour Day weekend tennis tournament attracted a record number of players last year with 460 registered competitor­s. Locals like Kyle Andrews (pictured left) held their own in a crowded field.
MARCH SHOT: Euroa Lawn Tennis Club’s 86th annual Labour Day weekend tennis tournament attracted a record number of players last year with 460 registered competitor­s. Locals like Kyle Andrews (pictured left) held their own in a crowded field.
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OCTOBER SHOW DAY: Lara Saxon, Harper Timperley and Poppy Horsburgh took part in the ‘Miss Tiny Tot’ competitio­n.
 ??  ?? NOVEMBER WOOL WEEK: Local girls dance around the Maypole, a Wool Week fixture following the Binney Street parade.
NOVEMBER WOOL WEEK: Local girls dance around the Maypole, a Wool Week fixture following the Binney Street parade.
 ??  ?? SEPTEMBER SUPER SEPTEMBER: Nagambie Football Netball Club enjoys golden weekend, with seven out of eight teams competing in grand finals. While the Lakers won both senior and reserves football, it was cross-shire rivals Avenel who won both the A and B...
SEPTEMBER SUPER SEPTEMBER: Nagambie Football Netball Club enjoys golden weekend, with seven out of eight teams competing in grand finals. While the Lakers won both senior and reserves football, it was cross-shire rivals Avenel who won both the A and B...
 ?? PHOTO: Matine McCullagh ?? JULY SNOW FALLS: Three year old Elizabeth McCullagh makes snowballs after a blast of cold weather meant residents in elevated areas of the shire woke to a ‘White Christmas in July’.
PHOTO: Matine McCullagh JULY SNOW FALLS: Three year old Elizabeth McCullagh makes snowballs after a blast of cold weather meant residents in elevated areas of the shire woke to a ‘White Christmas in July’.
 ??  ?? AUGUST MILESTONES: Craig Bamford took the field for his 350th senior game of football for the Euroa Magpies in early August, while captain Andrew Bell notched up his 100th game on the same day.
AUGUST MILESTONES: Craig Bamford took the field for his 350th senior game of football for the Euroa Magpies in early August, while captain Andrew Bell notched up his 100th game on the same day.
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 ??  ?? DECEMBER FULL VOICE: Singers from group 36 Degrees South perform at the Violet Town carols. From left Carol Davidson, Pam Meagher and Sue Woodall.
DECEMBER FULL VOICE: Singers from group 36 Degrees South perform at the Violet Town carols. From left Carol Davidson, Pam Meagher and Sue Woodall.

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