A river-based festival a good idea
■ 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.