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The Cobram Courier - - 2018: THE YEAR IN REVIEW -

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.

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