Fire de­stroyed church hall

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

■ Ten Years Ago Oc­to­ber 31, 2008 Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the cause of a fire which de­stroyed the com­mu­nity hall at Echuca's Sev­enth Day Adventist Church early Wed­nes­day.

The hall is in Le­ichardt St, Echuca East, where grass and hedge fires broke out at the week­end and trees were set alight last year.

CFA and Vic­to­ria Po­lice fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors who worked in the re­mains of the build­ing fol­low­ing the 3.30am fire were un­able to find the cause.

Po­lice be­lieve they have gone a long way to­wards break­ing up a net­work of crim­i­nals fol­low­ing drug raids on prop­er­ties in Kyabram, Ton­gala and Mel­bourne on Wed­nes­day.

Echuca de­tec­tives and Ton­gala and Kyabram uni­form po­lice were among more than 40 of­fi­cers who car­ried out searches at one Ton­gala home, 12 Kyabram res­i­den­tial and in­dus­trial premises and in five Mel­bourne sub­urbs.

The day was the cul­mi­na­tion of a 10-month in­ves­ti­ga­tion and re­sulted in eight peo­ple be­ing ar­rested in Kyabram and Ton­gala and six in Mel­bourne.

Per­fect con­di­tions met the Echuca-Moama Triathlon Club mem­bers as they pre­pared for the first of the full swim, bike and run for­mat from the YMCA on Wed­nes­day.

The mood was in­tense and there was plenty of sledg­ing be­fore the start.

The first group was off in a flash and hit the wa­ter hard with arms and legs flail­ing, all jostling to be first out of the wa­ter in the 200m swim. ■ Thirty Years Ago Novem­ber 2, 1988 A Mel­bourne woman was taken to hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion yes­ter­day af­ter a boat jack­knifed into the car in which she was a pas­sen­ger.

A punt be­ing towed by a Holden Rodeo jack­knifed when the ca­ble broke at about 2pm yes­ter­day on the wooden bridge at Moama.

The boat hit a Toy­ota Corona head­ing to­wards Moama. The Toy­ota and boat were ex­ten­sively dam­aged. No one was hurt.

Broad-rang­ing dis­cus­sions on Aus­tralia’s fu­ture over the ‘‘green house ef­fect’’ is tak­ing place this week.

MLA for Mur­ray, Mr Jim Small, has been in­vited to join in and par­tic­i­pate on ABC ra­dio and TV to­mor­row night in Syd­ney, to­gether with a va­ri­ety of peo­ple from all walks of life.

‘‘We have heard so much about what could hap­pen over the next 40 to 50 years, if tem­per­a­tures were to rise by three to four de­grees cel­sius and the ef­fect this could have on sea­sonal con­di­tions,’’ he said.

For­mer Echuca boxer Colin Mitchell won a sil­ver medal in the ban­tam wight divi­sion at the Aus­tralian Am­a­teur Boxing Cham­pi­onships con­tested at Ho­bart on the week­end.

Colin lost the gold medal on a points de­ci­sion to Ed­die Rounan of New South Wales.

The Vic­to­rian Am­a­teur Boxing Cham­pi­onship of­fered no ex­cuses for his loss to Rounan, even though he frac­tured his right hand in the first round of the fight. ■ Fifty Years Ago Novem­ber 1, 1968 Mr. J. R. McEwen, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of Aus­tralia and Min­is­ter of Trade, will be among the of­fi­cial guests at the Echuca Agri­cul­tural and Pas­toral So­ci­ety’s an­nual show to be held next Fri­day and Satur­day, Novem­ber 8 and 9.

Mr. McEwen, who will be ac­com­pa­nied by his wife, only re­turned to Aus­tralia on Tues­day from Geneva where he took part in the ne­go­ti­a­tion of an In­ter­na­tional Su­gar Agree­ment.

He has been a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Echuca Show’s in past years and has told the A. & P. So­ci­ety’s com­mit­tee that he is look­ing for­ward to next week’s fix­ture.

Pre­lim­i­nary work on a new assem­bly hall to be built at the Echuca High School has com­menced.

The head­mas­ter at the school, Mr. W. French, said yes­ter­day that the de­ci­sion to go ahead with the project had been made at a meet­ing of the school Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil.

He said that the school would have to raise be­tween $30,000 and $36,000 and that the gov­ern­ment would pro­vide $72,000.

Some high stan­dard bas­ket­ball was wit­nessed by the crowd who at­tended the A Grade round of matches played at the Echuca District Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s courts last week.

YCW were in fine touch, and over­whelmed new side, East, to win by 62 points.

Bernie Oliver guarded in dash­ing style, and fed his for­wards well, while Lind­say Thorn, Lau­rie Phillips and Bernie Phy­land con­sis­tently scored from around the court.

VIN­TAGE VIEWS: A shot down Hare St in 1935 — a fair bit has changed in the past 85 years.

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