Local history

September 08, 2017

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■10 years ago

Friday, September 7, 2007

PEAK HOUR traffic crossing the Echuca-Moama bridge was thrown into chaos yesterday when a truck carrying scrap metal overturned soon after 7.30 am.

Traffic was limited to one lane for almost six hours while cranes and heavy machinery cleared the lost load and removed the truck.

Constable Matthew Goss of Echuca police said the truck, owned by a Moama business, had come from the Echuca transfer station when its load shifted as it came out of the roundabout on the Echuca side of the bridge, causing it to tip over.

HOSTS of the Active Kidz children’s television program Scott Ehler and Amy Wilkins were forced to leave their hire car on the side of the Cobb Hwy and make a mad dash across the bridge on foot when they were caught in yesterday’s traffic hold-up.

Sitting out the ‘traffic jam’ was not an option as they had 500 primary school students eagerly awaiting a live performance at the Echuca College gymnasium.

The prep, grade 1 and grade 2 students were thankful the husband and wife team ditched the car rather then chancing their luck at making it across the bridge.

■30 years ago

Friday, September 4, 1987

SINGERS, dancers, musicians and poets will gather at the East Loddon School on the Sunday for the first ever Music Fest in this area.

The Echuca Singers, June Edwards’s singing students and village entertainer Gordon Dowell will feature in the two-hour program starting at 3pm.

Final rehearsals start today after three months of preparation.

ECHUCA’S population has officially passed 8000.

It is following statewide trends by getting bigger and older.

Census figures just released show Echuca’s population has increased by 466 to 8409 since the last official count in 1981 — an increase of 5.9 per cent.

The new census was taken on June 30 last year.

■50 years ago

Friday September 8, 1969

CR. A. F. CADDY, who was returned unopposed for his fifth term as a representative of Rochester Shire’s South West riding this year, was installed for his second term as president of the shire at the council’s statutory meeting yesterday.

Before his appointment as president, Cr. Caddy was sworn in for his new term of office with Crs. A. H. Keele (north west riding) and C. W. Wood (central), who also returned unopposed and Cr. P. R. Sturgees, who was elected to fill an extraordinary vacancy.

The extraordinary vacancy on the council was caused by the resignation due to ill-health of Cr. P. Munzell after 17 years of service.

APPRECIATION of the support given to the appeal being conducted by the Echuca Fire Brigade was expressed this morning by brigade captain, Mr Ira O’Neill.

The appeal is being conducted to provide funds for the construction of a new training track in Victoria Park and the staging of the state demonstration here next March.

Expressing thanks for the spontaneous support of Echuca and district residents and other donors, captain O’Neill said the response to the appeal would assure the success of the demonstration.

AFTER doing only light work in the early stages, Echuca players were given a hard workout in the last half hour of their training session at the Park Oval last night.

The run was a prelude to their work-out on the Queen Elizabeth Oval on Sunday afternoon.

Most players moved brightly last night and the only absentees were Allan Brown and Barry Everitt.

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