A dif­fer­ent De­cem­ber in 2009

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

■ Ten years ago Jan­uary 2, 2009 WEATHER pat­terns for the Echuca re­gion in 2008 have de­fied tra­di­tional trends.

De­cem­ber saw a lack of typ­i­cally hot weather and plenty of un­ex­pected rain.

A to­tal of 67.4mm of rain fell in the last month of the year, more than dou­ble the av­er­age rain­fall of 28.5mm.

Pleas­ant tem­per­a­tures over the fes­tive sea­son were wel­comed by those in the tourism in­dus­try with ex­treme heat at the same time last year re­sult­ing in many vis­i­tors re­turn­ing home ear­lier than planned.

Three farm­ers have been in­ter­viewed about il­le­gal cat­tle graz­ing in the Barmah State For­est.

Au­tho­rised of­fi­cers with the Vic­to­rian De­part­ment of Sus­tain­abil­ity and En­vi­ron­ment (DSE) in­ter­viewed the men fol­low­ing the re­lease of 35 cows into the for­est on De­cem­ber 1 in de­fi­ance of a gov­ern­ment ban on graz­ing.

The farm­ers said they be­lieved the cat­tle would re­duce a se­ri­ous fire risk by eat­ing grass and weeds.

Heart­land Race­way will come alive tomorrow night as it hosts its in­au­gu­ral trac­tor pull in round four of the Aus­tralian Trac­tor Pullers As­so­ci­a­tion.

The event will take place from 3pm un­til late tomorrow af­ter­noon, with food and drink avail­able and pa­trons en­cour­aged to sup­ply their own seat­ing.

Event or­gan­iser Tom Weyrich is ex­cited about the event. ■ Thirty years ago Jan­uary 4, 1989 A MAN was trapped in his car as it sank into the Mur­ray River on Mon­day.

Karl Ven­tura, a Mel­bourne busi­ness­man, was tow­ing his speed boat from a boat ramp at a car­a­van park about 11am on Mon­day when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

Mr Ven­tura had just spent a week on a house­boat and had loaded his be­long­ings into his speed­boat be­fore se­cur­ing it to the trailer.

Echuca ratepay­ers have un­til Fri­day to start pay­ing their rates by in­stal­ment.

The rate no­tices sent out last year said ap­pli­ca­tions had to be in by De­cem­ber 31, but chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mr Kevin Mc­Cart­ney an­nounced yes­ter­day that the dead­line had been ex­tended to Fri­day, Jan­uary 6.

Mr Mc­Cart­ney said ratepay­ers wish­ing to pay their rates in four equal quar­terly in­stal­ments should ap­ply to the civic cen­tre on or be­fore Fri­day.

In four years of driv­ing, John Cal­dow had won once at his home track — un­til Mon­day.

Then he won three races in two hours.

The new year au­gurs well for the lo­cal driv­ing cham­pion who is af­ter a cen­tury and a hat-trick this sea­son.

He wants to be the firs ju­nior driver to notch up 100 wins and he’s af­ter his third suc­ces­sive Aus­tralian ju­nior driv­ing cham­pi­onship month in Ade­laide. ■ Fifty years ago Jan­uary 6, 1969 RE­CENT amend­ments to the ex­ist­ing hospi­tal ben­e­fit leg­is­la­tion, which be­came ef­fec­tive from Jan­uary 1, are of im­por­tance to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Stat­ing this to­day, the man­ager­sec­re­tary of the Echuca Dis­trict Hospi­tal, Mr. B. J. Ryan, urged all con­trib­u­tors to con­sider whether their present cover is ad­e­quate and to in­crease it if nec­es­sary.

From Jan­uary 1, con­trib­u­tors will re­ceive the amount of ben­e­fit for which they are in­sured, no mat­ter how long the pa­tient re­mains in hospi­tal.

Build­ing per­mits for work val­ued at $800,932 were is­sued by the Echuca City Coun­cil dur­ing the past 12 months.

The high rate of home build­ing was main­tained with con­struc­tion of 47 new houses dur­ing the year.

This was only two fewer than the num­ber of homes built in 1967. The 47 new homes ap­proved have an es­ti­mated value of $500,308.

Lower scor­ing was the order in most of the Echuca Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade matches which com­menced on Satur­day.

The high­est score of the day was pro­duced by Echuca South in their match against Ba­mawm, al­though only three of their bats­men reached dou­ble fig­ures.

South bat­ted through­out the af­ter­noon for a to­tal of 184 runs and their best bats­man was Mal Velt, who com­piled 88 runs in­clud­ing seven 4’s. early next

FASHIONS ON THE FIELD: At the Echuca races in 1974 were, from left, Kevin Es­monde, Alex Ca­p­land, Max McKee and Les Gar­raway.

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