A river-based fes­ti­val a good idea

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

■ Ten Years Ago No­vem­ber 28, 2008 A River­boats, Jazz, Food and Wine Fes­ti­val will go ahead in Fe­bru­ary.

Echuca-Moama Tourism (EMT) last month post­poned the reg­u­lar fes­ti­val, cit­ing Fe­bru­ary's op­pres­sive heat as the rea­son for mov­ing the event to a later date.

A pub­lic meet­ing was held ear­lier this month to dis­cuss op­tions, with most of the gath­er­ing agree­ing the week­end of Fe­bru­ary 13 to 15 was too im­por­tant to let go.

An ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­duced set­back as part of a tourist de­vel­op­ment in Per­ri­coota Rd, Moama, has been re­jected.

The NSW De­part­ment of Plan­ning con­firmed on Wed­nes­day the ap­pli­ca­tion for a re­duced set­back, as part of an ac­com­mo­da­tion re­sort de­vel­op­ment, was re­fused on No­vem­ber 18.

Mur­ray Shire coun­cil re­ferred the re­duced set­back to the NSW De­part­ment of Plan­ning after it was claimed the ini­tial de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion for the ac­com­mo­da­tion re­sort was in­valid as it did not in­clude ap­proval from the de­part­ment for a re­duced set­back.

Lit­tle ath­let­ics re­turns to­mor­row after a week's break. It was ex­cit­ing to see two girls break club records at the last meet. Re­bekah Lock threw 8.37m in the un­der 11 shot put, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 7.63m, while Court­ney Schultz ran 29.25 sec­onds in the un­der 13 200m, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record of 29.55 sec­onds. ■ Thirty Years Ago No­vem­ber 30, 1988 Echuca’s Bi­cen­ten­nial Project — the re-lay­ing of a rail link to the wharf — looks set to be com­pleted soon, but not in­side the Bi­cen­ten­nial year.

The $120,000 scheme has faced many holdups and was in dan­ger of los­ing its Bi­cen­ten­nial sta­tus and fund­ing as the year (and the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s purse strings) draw to a close.

But the lo­cal Bi­cen­ten­nial Com­mit­tee chair­man Cr Peter Wil­liams re­ceived a fax from V/Line late on Mon­day giv­ing fi­nal ap­proval to the plans and spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

About $6000 was raised at this year’s Echuca Dis­trict Hospi­tal Fair.

This fig­ure is $2000 up on last year’s to­tal, and or­gan­is­ers agree this year’s fair was the best in many years.

A cloud of un­cer­tainty cov­ered the fair dur­ing the the weeks lead­ing up to the event as or­gan­is­ers were tak­ing some new risks.

Lo­cal busi­ness­man Ge­off Keath is the new pres­i­dent of the Echuca Foot­ball Club fol­low­ing the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing held last night.

Keath was elected un­op­posed as Gra­ham ‘Tex’ Har­ri­son, who has been pres­i­dent for the past three years, de­cided not to seek re-elec­tion.

‘‘I’ve done three years and I think it’s time some­one else got in there,’’ Tex said after the elec­tions. ■ Fifty Years Ago No­vem­ber 29, 1968 The Grain El­e­va­tors Board si­los at Echuca opened yes­ter­day when the first de­liv­er­ies of this sea­son’s wheat crop were re­ceived.

The first load was de­liv­ered by W. D., R. F. and R. S. Ber­ry­man, of Moama.

A to­tal of 1031 bushels was re­ceived in the three loads de­liv­ered yes­ter­day, and there was a slow trickle of wheat to the si­los again this morn­ing.

Com­plete pro­tec­tion works on the Mur­ray River Bank near the Echuca wharf could cost from $50,000 to $100,000 the en­gi­neer, Mr. L. S. Robert­son, re­ported to Mon­day night’s meet­ing of Echuca City Coun­cil.

Mr Robert­son told the meet­ing of in­spect­ing the river­bank near the wharf, in the com­pany of an of­fi­cer of the State Rivers and Wa­ter Sup­ply Com­mis­sion.

He said the in­spec­tion would be the sub­ject of a spe­cial re­port to the com­mis­sion by its of­fi­cer as there ap­peared to be no pro­vi­sion for sub­sidy to­wards works of this na­ture.

The last of the one-day games in the Echuca Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade com­pe­ti­tion for this sea­son will be played to­mor­row.

Play­ing of a com­plete round of one-day matches has proved to be very suc­cess­ful and a sim­i­lar pro­gram is likely to be ar­ranged for next sea­son.

Wom­boota have been the most suc­cess­ful team in the one-day matches with an un­de­feated record so far and they con­tinue their run in to­mor­row’s round when they play Ba­mawm.

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