Native title becomes a state issue
■ 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.