Kyabram Free Press

Nominate a local hero

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It’s time to think seriously about who has served your community admirably.

Nomination­s for Campaspe Shire’s Australia Day awards are now open.

Three awards are available in each of the five local districts: Echuca, Kyabram, Rochester, Rushworth and Tongala.

Categories are:

• Citizen of Year;

• Young Citizen of Year;

• Community Group of the Year. Nomination­s can be submitted on council’s website and close on Friday, December 3.

Dead-set winner

Merrigum harness racing breeder Frank Varapodio spotted what he called a ‘‘dead certainty’’ in a two-year-old race at a Hobart trots meeting last week.

Frank based his opinion on the fact that the pacer called Baby You A Song who won the race is listed as deceased in her breeding pedigree on the harness racing website.

Baby You A Song showed she is very much alive by streeting her rivals on debut as a shortprice­d favourite.

And while we’re on horses, those who follow omens wouldn’t have been able to help themselves when they spotted a galloper called Mask Up going around at the Donald meeting on Sunday

Mask Up was having his first start and was favourite - and duly delivered.

How to win $1m

A Traps reader has posed an interestin­g question.

Do those who did the right thing and have also received two COVID-19 vaccines go into the draw to win a slice of that $4.1 million in privately-funded incentives to be double-vaccinated?

Well here’s the answers.

The Million Dollar Vax competitio­n launched last week will give away a pool of prizes worth $4.1 million this month.

These include 100 $1000 gift cards to be won daily throughout October and as a finale a $1 million cash prize, the winner of which will be announced on November 5.

Any Australian resident aged 18 years or over who receives at least one COVID-19 vaccinatio­n shot on or before October 31 is eligible for entry into the Million Dollar Vax competitio­n.

To be eligible to receive prizes, entrants must be fully vaccinated by December 13.

The incentives have been made by philanthro­pists who have joined with big business to give fully vaccinated Australian­s the opportunit­y to win a million dollars.

Vehicle, equipment seized

Cutting wood can be an exhausting chore but for two men it could prove very expensive as well.

A joint operation between the Conservati­on

Regulator and Parks Victoria seized a truck, chainsaws and mobile phones from two men caught illegally cutting down a 100-plus-yearold dead redgum in the Loch Garry Wildlife Reserve on September 16.

The offenders could also be hit with fines up to nearly $10,000 and/or a year in prison

Fickle weather

It’s interestin­g to note the difference 40 km can make when it comes to the weather and rainfall.

Kyabram received below-average rainfall for September with a total of 29.8mm compared to the monthly average of 41.2mm.

Over at Shepparton, 52.8mm was recorded for September which was its wettest September for 25 years.

Of that total, some 26mm was recorded on the last two days of September. In the same period Kyabram received 9mm.

Echuca had an even drier September than Kyabram.

It registered 24.7mm with only 3.9mm recorded on the last two days of the month.

But in the first five days of October it received 22mm compared to Kyabram’s 7mm.

Kyabram has received 10.2mm of rain so far this month with 1.2mm being recorded overnight Saturday into Sunday.

The year’s rainfall total now stands at 341.4mm with rain registered on 87 days.

Snow driver charged

A 33-year-old Shepparton man who drove up Mt Hotham in August with a woman and a child protruding from the sunroof of a car has been hit with a raft of charges.

Police made investigat­ions after a video of the incident was posted on social media.

The man will face the charges in the Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court in January.

Livestock sales booming

Livestock farmers are experienci­ng boom times as evident in the weekly sheep and cattle sales at Finley.

Sales at Finley have been averaging over $1 million per week and those backing themselves in troubled times for buying stock which was claimed to be too dear are now having the last laugh.

In a field of its own

Echuca Racing Club has received plenty of accolades for its track over the years and has just received another feather in its hat.

Its head curator Anthony Pelly has been named Racing Victoria’s 2020-21 Track Manager of the Year for the category of clubs conducting eight or more meetings for the year.

Pelly insisted the award was not about him but everyone who had worked with him to make it the favourite country track of many of the state’s leading trainers.

Site set to be leased

Murray River Council has offered a lease to operate the popular Four Post Camp near Deniliquin to the Deniliquin Local Aboriginal Lands Council.

Conditions of the lease have yet to be finalised but work will need to be done before the popular tourist spot is reopened.

The Lands Council’s submission was endorsed by the shire because it shared council’s vision that the Four Post Camp should be available to everyone, not just the Traditiona­l Owners.

Cat court case

As a result of investigat­ions a 47-yearold Yarrawonga man who allegedly illegally entered a private property at Barooga and allegedly shot the owners’ pet cat is to face the Corowa Local Court on November 17 to face a raft of charges.

Woolly friends at Bushlands

Bushlands Coffee Shop at Tocumwal has welcomed two new additions.

Orphaned lambs Krama and Phatso, hand raised by one of the business’ workers, are now calling the coffee shop home and are proving a hit with customers.

Bushlands has visits from koalas and kangaroos, and even an echidna, from time to time, so Krama and Phatso will be well looked after by caring staff.

Victorians will soon be able to take a lost dog or cat to a participat­ing vet clinic or registered animal shelter to be returned to its owner, rather than relying on councils.

New legislatio­n for pets

The Victorian Government has introduced new legislatio­n to parliament that should help lost pets get returned home sooner.

At present, lost cats and dogs must be handed in to an authorised officer in the council area where the animal is found, or to vets and shelters that have agreements under the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

The proposed reforms will allow shelters and participat­ing vets to accept and reunite lost pets directly with their owners.

 ?? ?? Recognitio­n: Tongala Citizen of the Year Sarah Tee (middle) with State Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh and Campaspe Shire Mayor Chrissy Weller.
Recognitio­n: Tongala Citizen of the Year Sarah Tee (middle) with State Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh and Campaspe Shire Mayor Chrissy Weller.

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