McIvor Times

The way we were



Heathcote resident Cassie Ward, 13, won the Battle of the Bands Bendigo regional heat on Saturday night, playing guitar and singing her own compositio­ns.

Heathcote and District Community Bank last week began its first community grants program which will see thousands of dollars distribute­d to community groups later this year.

The Heathcote region has enjoyed good rain this year, in contrast to the rainfall of the past few years. Bureau of Meteorolog­y figures from the Redesdale weather station show rainfall at more the 480mm for the year to date, or about 148 per cent of the average January to July rainfall since records began in Redesdale in 1903.

Heathcote’s Mick Ring was carried from the ground on Saturday after playing his 200th game for the Saints.


A prizewinni­ng Polwarth ram is the toast of the flock at Homeleigh Stud near Heathcote. The two-year-old, whose grand sire was champion at the Melbourne Show in 1988 and later sold for an auction record of $11,500, brought home many ribbons from the recent Melbourne Sheep and Wool Show. Geoff Kemp and his father Ted have continued their great success with breeding Polwarths. A Heathcote Sports Club is being planned to take over the running of the Barrack Reserve complex. Plans for the club include a full-time manager, licensed restaurant and poker machines.

Heathcote’s Caledonia timber mill is in line for a $2 million upgrade and expansion … Mill owner Harry Wolthuizen last week signed a new deal with two new owners, both with extensive experience and high profiles in the timber industry. New Zealanders Mr. Jack Butterwort­h and Mr. Alister Dore have joined the company as directors … The Caledonia mill also has just signed a seven-year contract with the Victorian Plantation­s Corporatio­n for a supply of logs … The mill recently extended to two work shifts a day and this will continue until Christmas…

The Australian Army is prepared to build a two-metre-high electric fence along the 114-kilometre perimeter of the Puckapunya­l range to “keep the ‘roos in”. Jean Koch accepted a certificat­e of appreciati­on on behalf of the volunteers at the Heathcote Op Shop from Jim Mason, CEO for the North Western Region Ambulance Service at last week’s Heathcote Ambulance Auxiliary AGM, in recognitio­n of their great work. One of Heathcote Football Club’s talented stalwarts Andrew Conforti recently celebrated his 200th game for the club.


The Heathcote Waterworks Trust caretaker (Mr. Les Reid) informed commission­ers that he will have the race free of leaks within two seasons. The Health Surveyor (Mr. D. Stanners) in his monthly report to the McIvor Shire Council, said that considerab­le improvemen­t has been noted in Mr. A. Kotsinadel­lis’s food premises.

The McIvor Shire Engineer (Mr. T. Rowe) reported to the July council meeting that a lot of work had been done at Moorabbee. Mr. Rowe said that the ruins had been fenced off and the grave repaired. The headstone is being restored. The Axedale and District Indoor Bowling Club conducted its 3rd Annual Indoor Bowling Tournament on Saturday 25th July … The Colbinabbi­n rink of K. Vickers, Mrs. Vickers, Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Tuohey won the event.

Football: The verdict of the Heathcote League at a special meeting last Wednesday night was that Mt. Pleasant’s protest against Heathcote be upheld and that Heathcote forfeit four premiershi­p points and a fine of $7.20 be imposed.


Search Lights: Referring to the strange noises heard some few evenings ago at the north end of the township, we may inform the inhabitant­s of that peaceful region that the strange noises which so startled them did not proceed from the causes attributed. The Tantanoola tiger has not, so far, reached our ranges so that it was not his roar that was heard, and as all the domestic animals of the feline tribe were comfortabl­y ensconced by their various firesides, the more shrill sounds must not be attributed to them. No! We have it on the best authority that the causes of alarm merely proceeded from a nice quiet little moonlight concert given in the neighbourh­ood of the suspension bridge. No doubt had the concert been advertised in our columns a better audience might have been secured, though some unkind people have suggested that perhaps the performers did not desire a fuller house. As it is supposed that only Sankey’s hymns were rendered, we understand that the guardians of the peace have not as yet requested them to interview Mr. Dwyer on Friday next.

A crowded audience assembled at the Shire Hall on Tuesday night last to witness the Dramatic Entertainm­ent that the Heathcote Amateur Dramatic Company have been anxious to place before the public of Heathcote for some considerab­le time … The Hall has been completed in a most creditable manner, and playgoers had the pleasure of being able to witness a Dramatic Entertainm­ent which undoubtedl­y surpasses all others that has ever been staged here. Heathcote Police Court (before Messrs. Jas. Crowle and W. E. Lewis, J’s. P.) Arthur Lovering was brought up on a charge of larceny to which he pleaded guilty. Sergeant Lannin who conducted the case for the Crown said the accused was charged with stealing one pair of trousers, silver watch chain, medal and ring, the property of Mr. Geo. Wilkinson of Derrinal … The Bench sentenced the prisoner to 3 months hard labour.

A most deserving token of respect was paid to Cr. Chambers after the council meeting yesterday, when the President asked the members

to drink to the health of their retiring friend.

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