Many memories and
Winton weekend by design: Cobram Secondary College students took part in a Winton Raceway initiative which encouraged them to get involved in the V8 Supercars weekend. Students were given a template of a supercar and asked to design the artwork for the side of the car, which saw Year 11 student Liam Hindle come up trumps. Have a pie for our farmers: Ambience Bakery held its second-ever pie day to help raise money for our farmers. One dollar from each pie, pastie, sausage roll and coffee sold was generously donated to drought relief charity Need for Feed, which has been supporting dairy farmers since 2016. Charity event a big success: More than $2000 was raised for local causes at the Barooga Hotel’s charity raffle. The monster raffle supported the Barooga Advancement Group, Barooga Cemetery Trust and Barooga Public School. Barooga Hotel owner Glenn Gardiner said it was a fantastic night. ‘‘It was probably the best fundraiser we’ve done so far. There were about 190 people in the venue. We ran out of chairs in the end.’’ Hundreds turn out for a ball: A bumper crowd of 1203 people travelled from all parts of Australia to enjoy the best of what the Koonoomoo Pickers and Packers Charity Ball had to offer. Now in its fifth year, the ball is quickly growing a reputation for having a rich ute culture full of incredible colour as well as providing an event for young people from far and wide to enjoy. History in spotlight: St Joseph’s Primary School year 5 and 6 students spent much of the term brushing up on their Australian history. The school hosted a highly successful ‘Night at the Museum’ exhibition, showcasing a host of Australian pioneers and historical events students had studied. Students created dioramas and audio clips representing important Australian events and even dressed as early pioneers. Many fighting on for Richo: Hundreds of people from around the region gathered at the Telegraph Hotel in Numurkah to raise funds for motor neurone disease in memory of Numurkah resident Scott Richardson — who lost his fight against the insidious disease in December 2017. End of an era at NAB branch: Eleanor Langton closed the book on a 31-year chapter of her life when she completed her final day of work at NAB in Cobram. In 1991, Mrs Langton managed to secure a transfer to the Cobram branch from Tocumwal and had been there ever since before finishing on July 13.
Dominant big man the best: Barooga Ruckman Brodie A’Vard capped a monumental season with an equal record vote poll in the Murray Football League’s O’Dwyer Medal at Club Mulwala. With 37 votes from his 18 matches, A’Vard equalled the record of fellow Hawk John Brunner, who polled the same number of votes in 1997. Nineteen-year-old Cobram netballer Tessa Bruni took out the A-grade league medal, polling 29 votes. Car day a success: Cobram Rotary Club’s 12th annual swap meet and show and shine was again an outstanding success. Cobram’s Nick De Maio won his show and shine class as well as the best overall judges’ choice award with his 1974 XB Ford Falcon GT. Guides mark 60th anniversary: The Strathmerton Girl Guides celebrated its 60th anniversary on August 19. More than 80 guests attended, including former Brownies, Girl Guides, Queen’s Guides, leaders and division commissioners. A new commemorative plaque was unveiled by Strathmerton’s oldest Girl Guide Lorraine North, who was at the inaugural meeting in August 1958. Community gets behind Daffodil Day: The CobramBarooga community again rallied behind Daffodil Day, Cancer Council’s most iconic campaign. For the past 20 years, Karen Bruce has co-ordinated fundraising to support the day on behalf of Soroptimist Cobram Barooga, with help from Bendigo Bank Cobram for the past 10 years. Mrs Bruce, along with bank staff Kim Holt and Charmaine Widdison were out and about taking donations. Women brush up on wealth: Mogg Osborne hosted its inaugural Women, Wine and Wealth event and the result was a smash hit, with more than 180 women turning out at Bridges Fairway Lounge to connect with like-minded people and be inspired by the SheKan Girls. Trials attract big numbers: Cobram and District Pony Club held its annual horse trials, combined training and Super Cross fundraiser on July 22. The event attracted up to 350 people to the area from as far away as Mornington and Oaklands. There were over 200 entries in the equestrian competitions. Ruthless Hawks on rampage: In a hotly anticipated rematch between rivals Cobram and Barooga, the Tigers were annihilated to the tune of 81 points at Scott Reserve. The Tigers endured a diabolical first half in which they failed to register a single goal while watching the Hawks pile on 14 down the other end.
(Above) Josh Francis and Liam Hindle proudly show off the winning design created by Liam.
(Left) Sixty-years and going strong — Josie Munro and Lynda Dickson with the certificate of registration from 1958.