Na­tive ti­tle be­comes a state is­sue

The Riverine Herald - - REFLECTIONS FROM THE PAST -

■ Ten Years Ago Jan­uary 9, 2009 The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment is con­sid­er­ing a draft re­port on changes to na­tive ti­tle land man­age­ment which could see in­dige­nous groups jointly man­ag­ing ar­eas to which they could prove a tra­di­tional con­nec­tion.

Un­der changes sug­gested in the re­port, tra­di­tional own­ers would ne­go­ti­ate with the govern­ment over land claims with­out hav­ing to go through the Fed­eral Court.

They would be able to use the land for ac­tiv­i­ties such as camp­ing, hunt­ing and spir­i­tual cer­e­monies with­out hav­ing a per­mit and would be fi­nan­cially com­pen­sated for im­pacts on their lands.

Echuca's Fon­terra dairy fac­tory is con­tin­u­ing to run three shifts a day de­spite fears the night shift will be dropped.

A spokesper­son for the com­pany said on Wednesday it was "busi­ness as usual" at the Den­mark Rd fac­tory which was pre­vi­ously owned by Nes­tle.

"We are run­ning three shifts and would only cut back to two if vol­umes (of pro­duc­tion) changed," the spokesper­son said.

"The sit­u­a­tion is be­ing mon­i­tored."

Graeme Hill has proved be­yond doubt he has a safe pair of hands.

While most peo­ple had bat­tened down the hatches on one of the wettest week­ends of the year, the Vic­to­rian Au­to­mo­bile Cham­ber of Com­merce (VACC) pres­i­dent, from Gun­bower, was brav­ing the el­e­ments in his his­toric go-kart at VACC Park.

Tor­ren­tial rain and driv­ing wind late last year could not stop Hill from get­ting be­hind the wheel of his 1964 kart and test­ing it out at the Port Mel­bourne track. ■ Thirty Years Ago Jan­uary 9, 1989 Echuca’s Don Oberin could be the key to merg­ing the Lib­eral and Na­tional par­ties in Vic­to­ria — even Aus­tralia wide.

Lib­eral shadow min­is­ter Lou Lieber­man sug­gested this at an Echuca meet­ing of Don Oberin’s sup­port­ers on Thursday night.

He said he was aware as he drove to the Nibero meet­ing that he was ‘‘about to be­come part of po­lit­i­cal his­tory.’’

Mr Liber­man said it was now of­fi­cial Lib­eral pol­icy to merge with the Na­tional Party to cre­ate one con­ser­va­tive force as soon as pos­si­ble.

Mathoura’s new­est po­lice wife, San­dra Church, will now re­ceive $1000 for her role in the town.

The Greiner Govern­ment has just an­nounced it will pay $1000 a year top po­lice wives at one-man sta­tions like Mathoura and $500 each at twoman sta­tions.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Ted Pick­er­ing, who vis­ited Mathoura re­cently to open a new fire sta­tion, said the new ‘‘spe­cial pay­ments’’ recog­nised the work car­ried out by the 250 wives of po­lice of­fi­cers at small sta­tions.

This year’s Gun­bower Cup prom­ises to be the big­gest and best yet.

The once a year meet­ing is al­ways pop­u­lar with race­go­ers and they are likely to flock to the course in record num­bers this Saturday.

For the first time the Cup will be a TAB meet­ing and pun­ters also have the lux­ury of Sky Chan­nel on course. ■ Fifty Years Ago Jan­uary 10, 1969 Two girls mak­ing a 1179 mile voy­age down the Mur­ray River by speed­boat to raise money for Com­mu­nity Aid Abroad passed through Echuca yes­ter­day.

They are Bar­bara For­rest of Mel­bourne and El­iz­a­beth Syn­not of Keith, who left Yar­ra­wonga on Wednesday morn­ing. They spent Wednesday night at Pic­nic Point and ar­rived in Echuca late yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Af­ter sev­eral small fires in Echuca on Wednesday, the cap­tain of the Echuca Fire Brigade, capt. Ira O’Neil, made a plea that all peo­ple ob­serve fire re­stric­tion rules, es­pe­cially on to­tal fire ban days.

He said that it was sus­pected that a fire which started on Wednesday af­ter­noon on a sec­tion of land at the corner of Pak­en­ham Street and the Bow­ers Bend road had been started by a per­son throw­ing a cig­a­rette butt from a pass­ing car.

Sev­eral younger girls trav­el­ling to Bow­ers Bend raised the alarm, and the fire was soon ex­tin­guished by mem­bers of the Brigade af­ter a small area had been burnt.

A bat­tle by Echuca East to avoid by Ba­mawm Ex­ten­sion and the pos­si­ble loss of sec­ond place on the premier­ship lad­der will cre­ate in­ter­est in the Echuca Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s A Grade matches to­mor­row.

East scored only 132 runs in their first in­nings and Ex­ten­sion have lost 2/21 in re­ply.

The match is be­ing played at the park oval and East must win to be cer­tain of hold­ing sec­ond.

FLASH­BACK: It might only seem like last year to many of us but foot­ball fash­ions have changed a fair bit since Moama's 1963 re­serves team posed for this happy snap.

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