■Ten Years Ago
June 6, 2008
Echuca district P-platers are soon to go green following the introduction of the new Graduated Licensing System (GLS) in Victoria.
The GLS includes a new four-year, two-stage probationary licence system, as opposed to the current single stage system.
P-platers who are licensed before July 1 will graduate to a P2 licence with green P-plates for three years, while anyone who receives a licence after that time will use red P-plates for 12 months on a P1 licence, before receiving a P2 licence.
The south section of Echuca’s historic wharf has been returned to its former glory, with work continuing to secure funding for stage two of the restoration.
Stage one of Echuca’s wharf restoration is in the final stages of completion, however the iconic tourist attraction will be closed for the long weekend, as the finishing touches and clean up work continues.
Work on the $1.172 million restoration began in February and forms part of a $6.3 million upgrade to the port precinct, which will include streetscaping and an interpretive centre.
Lockington-Bamawm United (LBU) will face a massive challenge tomorrow when it comes up against Heathcote in round nine of the Heathcote and District Football League.
The Cats are purring after cruising to victory against Mt Pleasant by 31 points last weekend.
Their opponents, the second-placed Heathcote Saints, easily accounted for Colbinabbin last weekend by 28 points.
■Thirty Years Ago
June 8, 1988
It’s unlikely Echuca-Moama will get a new road bridge until the end of his century.
And it’s estimated $3m will be spent restoring the current bridge before then.
Moves by local parliamentarians to get a new bridge sooner were unlikely to have any effect on an interstate agreement to build the new bridge around the turn of the century a Department of Main Roads spokesperson said on Wednesday.
Echuca will line up to its 25th annual steam horse and vintage rally this weekend.
The rally which traditionally injects between $10,000 and $20,000 into local charities is the major fundraiser for Echuca’s Rotary Club.
Rotary president Rex Dorman was optimistic the rally would be bigger and better than ever, through all eyes are turned skyward to see what the weather does.
The National Schools Cycling Competition comes to Echuca-Moama next week with the local qualifying heat of the 1988 title.
First promoted last year by the Safe ‘n’ Sound Company and the Australian Cycling Federation, the competition is designed to appeal to all school age cyclists and special skills or previous racing experience is definitely not essential.
■Fifty Years Ago
June 10, 1968
The Echuca and District Centre for Intellectually Handicapped Children will open its doors for the first time tomorrow.
Permission has been granted by the Mental Hygiene Authority and the Health Department for the Centre to operate on restricted hours and admit a small group of children for the first few weeks until the children become familiar with the centre and its staff.
Mrs. Joy Hooper, the Centre’s supervisor, and her assistant, Mrs. May Van Den Bos, hope to be able to extend the Centre’s hours and receive all the children approved to attend by the end of the month.
Three men arrested by Echuca police during the weekend were charged with being drunk and disorderly.
One of the men is from Echuca, a second from Echuca Village and the third is from Barmah.
They have been bailed to appear at the Echuca Court of Petty Sessions tomorrow.