A Stone’s throw to the impacts of drought on irrigated agriculture

March 10, 2018

Hare St during the Royal Visit on the 5th March, 1954. Thanks to Lost Echuca Moama on Facebook.

■ Ten years ago

March 7, 2008

FEDERAL Member for Murray Sharman Stone has invited Federal Climate Change and Water Minister Penny Wong to visit the southern Murray Darling Basin to look at the largest irrigated agricultural region in Australia.

Dr Stone said Senator Wong needed to observe first-hand the impacts of the drought on irrigated agriculture and see water-saving measures which could be achieved through the $10 billion National Water Plan.

‘‘Senator Wong needs to learn that there is no one-stop shop or simple fix for the huge Murray Darling Basin community,’’ she said.

Murray Shire residents will go to the polls two weeks earlier than expected, on September 13.

Local council elections were to be held on September 27, but legislation was passed this week in NSW Parliament to hold the elections early to avoid a clash with school holidays.

Local Government Minister Paul Lynch said holding the poll during the holidays would have inconvenienced many families’ travel plans.

Twelve shooters attended Kyabram Small Bore Rifle Club’s shoot last Thursday.

Chris Lott and David Pettifer have both lifted their game a couple of points in the prone discipline after settling for a tie the previous week.

Their 195s were a good result for the 50m event.

■ Thirty years ago

March 7, 1988

The usually sleepy town of Rochester was wide awake Monday as half its population beat the drums of war.

School finished early and small businesses closed their doors as about 1000 people gathered to protest talk of amalgamating of Rochester and District War Memorial Hospital and Echuca District Hospital.

Armed with banners inscribed with slogans like ‘‘Our Hospital, Your Job Mr Cain,’’ ‘‘Help Keep Health in Rochester,’’ and ‘‘Take Care Of Your Health State, Don’t amalgamate’’, the angry crowd marched from the hospital through the town’s business centre to the shire hall.

Bill Lynn — the man behind Echuca-Moama RSL’s push for a new licensed club at Moama — has been re-elected as leader of the local branch.

The Returned Services League held its annual meeting at the Leichardt St clubhouse on Friday evening.

Thirty five members attended to deliver the vote of confidence in Mr Lynn’s leadership.

Bunnaloo’s thrilling two-point victory over Rich River put it just one step away from a berth in this year’s Echuca District Hardcourt Tennis Association grand final.

Bunnaloo must first overcome South Tigers who lost the second semi-final to Village 89 games to 70.

The Village team has the luxury of sitting back this weekend and watching South and Bunnaloo fight it out for the right to challenge them for this year’s premiership.

■ Fifty years ago

March 8, 1968

A warning of a concentrated police blitz against traffic offences in Echuca during the holiday weekend was issued this morning by Inspector H. J. Parker, of Echuca Police.

Inspector Parker said the blitz in Echuca was part of a state-wide effort by police to keep accidents to a minimum and he warned that action will be taken in all instances where traffic offences are committed.

He continued that the Chief Commissioner of Police has directed that an extra special effort be made by all police during the weekend and he expressed the hope that all local residents and visitors would take heed of the warning.

Proclamation of Rochester Shire as a draught area is likely to be made in the near future.

This follows a decision yesterday by Rochester Shire Council to apply for drought relief from the shire.

Rochester Shire Council met yesterday with Mr. R. Beattie, district agriculture officer, to discuss the application for draught relief for the shire.

Echuca Lawn Tennis Club’s team dropped to third position on the Goulburn Valley Association’s pennant premiership ladder when they were defeated in last Saturday’s round.

Their defeat was at the hands of Stanhope who had a winning margin of 12 games at the end of a closely contested match.

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