A different December in 2009
■ 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.