Thursday, November 8, 2007

News: Light Air-Craft Crash In Echuca

TWO men in their 50s have been airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with severe burns after a light aircraft crashed in northern Victoria today. A 50-year-old man was airlifted to The Alfred Hospital with burns to 60 per cent of his body while another man, aged 58, was taken by ambulance to Echuca Hospital with burns to 50 per cent of his body. He was later also airlifted to The Alfred, Rural Ambulance Service spokesman John Mullen said. Emergency services received the call at about 5.50pm (AEDT) that a gyrocopter - a small helicopter - had crashed at Echuca airport and burst into flames. Mr Mullen said it was believed the two men may have been an instructor and student. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,22725951-1702,00.html

Monday, October 29, 2007

Murray Electorate Morgan Poll

A Morgan poll on the electorate of Murray published on federalelection.com.au shows some interesting figures. The two party preferred vote for N-LP 62% ALP 38%, that’s a 12% gain to the ALP. Last election results on T.P.P were LP: 74.08% ALP: 25.92%. Clearly Murray remains a safe Liberal seat; however the massive swing away from the Liberals is an intriguing figure. The timing of the poll is unclear, so polling result could even be greater. One does wonder if the ALP actually put up a decent local candidate within the Murray Electorate how well they would actually go. http://www.federalelection.com.au/electorates/murray/index.asp

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Howard's Interest Rate Farce

The blatant misinformation by Prime Minister John Howard on interest rates is absurd. Facts that are not spouted by Mr Howard’s are that on August 1993 the interest rate was at 4.75% under the Keating government. Keating left office with the rate of 6.5%, where the rate continued to slide. Throughout the duration of the Keating Government the interest was reduced from 11.5% in 1991 to a low of 6.5% in 1996, leaving a 5% reduction at the end of Keating’s reign. Labour reduced the infamous 17% interest rate from the 1990’s to 4.75%, a 12.25% reduction. The deregulation of the financial system, the floating of the dollar, and concentration on relations with Asia paved the way for economic growth we enjoy today. Fixing the damaged economy Treasurer Howard created in the 70’s with a 22% interest rate, 11% inflation, 11% unemployment and a government deficit in today’s terms of $40 billion. Next month it is expected the Reserve Bank will lift rates to 7%, the same rate Prime Minister John Howard had when he first came to power. These figures really put into perspective who really is the better economic manager. More on interest rates and national issues at Aussie Blogs

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Exclusive Brethren In Nathalia

Today Tonight reported tonight the existence of a multi million dollar Exclusive Brethren church in Nathalia. The cult like church has bought acres of land surrounded by high wire fences, within lays a 700 seat church with plans for expansion. The Brethren have also bought big on houses within the town, driving away and out pricing locals. Exclusive Brethren members in their business wisdom moved in on the town’s business environment, with members buying a plastics and spray painting business. These businesses run as church based enterprises, receiving a tax break systems that bring in millions for Brethren churches all around Australia. Channel 7 also reported on intimidations of locals. The Today Tonight crew them selves accused Brethren members of vandalism to their vehicles, and threatening behavior including violent letters towards the family of the crew; this matter has been reported to the police. The Exclusive Brethren church is not shy of national controversy, experincing outrage over an exemptions not to vote in elections. Despite this fact, the Exclusive Brethren church donated $350,000 towards the Liberal party, and members have met with Prime Minister John Howard numerous times. It has to be asked, Does the Liberal member for Murray Sharman Stone know about the Brethren Existence in her electorate, and have they met? I just find it very disturbing this arrogant cult infused church is actively invading Nathalia and our region. It is clear we must all keep a close eye on this secretive Church.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Safe Seat No Bypass

Prime Minister John Howard is in pre election over drive, pumping cash into marginal electorates in an attempt to win the next election. Tasmania and other marginal seats are receiving most of the election cash, with new health investment, new road investements, and a new road bypass. This is clear election politicing to get cheap votes for the coalition, a façade voters will hopefully see through. The question has to be asked does the Murray Electorate and the Goulburn Valley region miss out on all these pre election goodies because of the title of the safest Liberal seat in Australia? The Shepparton bypass and Negambie bypass has been in the planning for years but has been halted due to NO FEDERAL FUNDING The transport hub in mooroopna has been in the planing for years but has been halted due to NO FEDERAL FUNDING. The pre election goodies the murray electorate could receive is endless, but alas we are too safe. The only way this will be turned around if people within the Murray-Goulburn region look closer at there options and decide weather to vote for Liberal at the next election, or try another party with a fresh new approach. The politicans eyes will certainly be put back on to our region, and I think for the better.

New Australian State of Murray Darling?

Recently announced independent candidate for Murray has announced a drastic policy of creating a whole new state around the Murray Darling basin. Paul Merrigan states this will allow more water decisions by country people to be made. Mr Merrigan opposes the state and federal governments interfences on water in the region, and a new Murray Darling state will allow decisions that benefit the people of the region. This has got be the most ridiclous however creative announcment so far within this election. It sounds more like trying to create an indepednet country then a state. Clearly Paul Merrigan is attempting to get a little bit of attention within the safest federal seat In Australia, with an unworkable pointless policy that will never come to furition.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Murray-Darling Takeover Steals Irrigators Water

Apart of The federal government Murray-Darling takeover is the desire for the states to hold off water for urban allocations. This is water taken from irrigators, and it won’t necessarily be needed. This tells me the federal government seems to care little for Victorian irrigators, surprised? It amazes me that people criticise the Victorian governments and the FoodBowl group initiative to modernize the irrigation infrastructure, as it creates new water savings and does not take any water from existing water storages. I would advise people to research and find the facts, and do not adhere to the propaganda by Sharman Stone and the campaigners against the FoodBowl initiative. Victoria is looking out for Victorians; the federal government is looking out for them selves.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Shepparton Perfect Sudanese Integration

The Australian federal government and Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews have made the controversial decision to ban the intake of African refugees. The government claims African immigrants, especially Sudanese immigrants, do not integrate efficiently. Critics say the government is reacting for election points, attempting to appeal to xenophobic voters wary of immigration. The Sudanese integration has been in issue and many parts of Australia, with the emergence of Sudanese gangs. This has been evident in Tamworth and Sydney. The one place where this has not occurred is Shepparton where more then 10 Sudanese families have integrated without any social inconveniences. No gangs have risen within a community already reach in immigrants from Iraq, Afghanistan, Albania among many others. You could say Shepparton is an integration success case, and a place the government and other areas may need to study to improve their immigration processes.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Country Petrol Price Outweigh City

What’s the deal with the petrol price in the country being drastically different to that in the city of Melbourne? I commute myself often between Melbourne and Mooroopna and can see petrol price in the city at 1.19 and in the country 1.30 selling at the same time. It amazes me in times of hardship and drought; the oil companies will slug rural people with drastically different petrol prices. It has to be asked, are country people paying for expensive petrol for city drivers?

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Labour Should Win Murray Electorate

Elections in the Goulburn valley and the electorate of Murray have always gone one way, towards the National or Liberal party. This is a statistic that has always being confusing, why working class people vote for the Liberal party? The Goulburn valley is the food bowl of Australia, the leader in agriculture and food manufacturing. These people need support and often a helping hand especially in the workplace and life. The conservative Christian element in Shepparton is strong, bringing with them ignorant naïve view of the world. The presents of right-wing zealots has made the federal seat of Murray one of the safest Liberals seats in Australia, a fact that never really existed or is defiantly changing. Labour has struggled to come up with a descent candidate for the electorate, to apprehensive to take the fight to the Liberals. Labour stands for the many, those many workers and working families of Australia, standing up for there rights and economic wellbeing. Liberals support the rich, big business, and stretch the divide between rich and poor. The new Work Choice laws, leave working families worse off, and insecurity for employees is sky high. The very same laws incumbent federal member for Murray Sharman Stone avidly supports. The election is to be called soon; I just hope the people of the Goulburn Valley think who really cares for them and their region.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

News: Plane Crash On Route To Shepparton

Two people have been killed in a light plane crash north of Melbourne.

The wreckage of a twin-engine plane was found by local police in a wooded area, near the tiny town of Clonbinane, near Wandong.

Victoria Police spokesman Wayne Wilson says no-one else was on board the plane.

A search was sparked in the Wandong-Mount Disappointment area, when residents reported the incident.

Mr Wilson says, 'A call was received by emergency services around about 8.20pm (AEST) from people who believe that they heard a plane and heard an explosion.'

It's believed the flight originated from Essendon Airport and was heading to Shepparton, 180km north-east of Melbourne.

Earlier, the weather bureau issued a severe weather warning for western and central districts of Victoria, for severe winds averaging 75km/h with gusts to 110km/h, especially in elevated areas.

The crash area is near the top of the Great Dividing Range.

Police units, along with a helicopter, are currently involved in the recovery operation.

Report by Sky News Australia

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Goulburn Valley Populations - 2006 Census Data

The following is the latest 2006 census data relating to population of varies towns (postcodes).

Goulburn Valley Region 195, 240

Greater Shepparton (council area) 57, 100

Shepparton Population

Total persons (excluding overseas visitors)

27,849

Echuca Population

Total persons (excluding overseas visitors)

14,487

Mooroopna population

Total persons (excluding overseas visitors)

8,910

Cobram Population

Total persons (excluding overseas visitors)

8,127

Kyabram Population

Total persons (excluding overseas visitors)

8,067

Tatura Population

Total persons (excluding overseas visitors)

4,840

Source A.B.S

Go here for more GV town census data

http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/d3310114.nsf/Home/census

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Goulburn Valley Water Piped To Melbourne

The Bracks government 1 billion dollar plan to update irrigation infrastructure, and build a major water pipeline from Melbourne to Shepparton has come under some scrutiny. The plan will stop leaks and prevent evaporation caused by current rundown infrastructure, and the water savings will be piped to Melbourne, farmers and the environment.

Some GV residents are concerned about the priority of water savings going to Melbourne before local farmers. The clear thing is to understand, this plan was only initiated to help increase dwindling water supplies for Melbourne. Melbourne is Australia second biggest city with a population of almost 4 million people, a population that needs more water resources then the million or so Victorian rural population.

People of the Goulburn Valley should feel blessed to be chosen for such a plan, not only for the huge amount of government investment and infrastructure building, but also for the water savings obtained not only for Melbourne but GV farmers as well.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Hollywood In Murchison

Murchison is the Hollywood town of the Goulburn Valley, home to more major showbiz events in it's history then any other area in the region. Murchison resident Pam Western is a well-known actress and presenter appearing in national television programs such as Neighbors, Secret Life of Us, Stingers, Blue Healers, and Here’s Humphrey. Pam a two times gold Logie winner also appeared along side Graham Kennedy in the 1960’s on the popular program In Adelaide Tonight. Pam Western also appeared in the movie Chopper. In 2002 Murchison was the location for the major motion picture staring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Cater, Till Human Voices Awake Us. 2006 saw the successful Australian movie Kenny tear through the Australian Cinemas, and Murchison appeared in the film as the hometown for the films title character Kenny. Interestingly Murchison is the real home town for Kenny actor Shane Jacobson. The famous Murchison Meteor known to the entire science and astronomy world appears in many spaced themed documentaries on channels the likes of Discovery and National Geographic. Murchison the Hollywood of the Goulburn Valleys is certainly no dull town, and the show business attributes to the town should be promoted more to attract further tourism to the region. I suppose we can only wait and see what other show business events derive from the quite little Goulburn Valley town of Murchison.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Dr. Sharman Stone Must Go!

The Hon. Dr. Sharman stone, the federal member for Murray, and now the minister for workplace participation. Dr. Stone, a sitting member of parliament since 1996 has been somewhat of a bland representative for the region, enacting very little innovative change and improvement to the region. The Shepparton bypass is still not under construction, V-line services are at its worst, crime is running rampant, the proposed regional transport hub a no go, local working conditions slashed, New Zealand apples now approved to enter Australian markets threatening growers, and to add to matters the anguishing drought not helped by the Howard’s government incompetent environmental policy. Dr. Stone rarely actively stands up for the Shepparton and Murray regions, on occasions showing her face at the No Fire Blight rallies, an appearance forced by overwhelming public outrage. The Murray Electorate needs a representative that actively stands up for working families in the region, a representative protecting community interests. The fact is Dr. Stone is not performing those duties for the region adequately. Where is the reaction or comments from Dr. Sharman Stone on the new Howard government Industrial Relations laws? The laws that cut employee reward conditions from 20 to 5, laws that allow employers to sack workers without notice or reason, and laws that remove job security due to A.W.A’s. The Murray Electorate is widely known as the food bowl of Australia, a food bowl created by thousands of hard working Australians. The reason Dr. Stone is not commenting on this issue and others is because she is afraid to face the tough issues, afraid to answer to the working people of the electorate. The region needs a new face, a new energy, and a new representative. The Hon. Dr. Sharman Stone actions speak louder then her words, not much. Dr. Stone maybe a local, however the electorate needs a representative with an outside perspective to truly prepare the region for uncertain future ahead.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

HMAS Shepparton

I wonder how many people in the Goulburn valley and Shepparton region realise that we have our own Navy ship aptly named HMAS SHEPPARTON. The ship usually operates in a pair, as it is frequently paired with its geographical and maritime mate HMAS Benalla. The ships carry out hydrographic survey operations in the shallow waters of northern Australia. Their twin hulls provide good stability in heavy conditions, and good living room and space below the main deck. In addition, the catamaran hull sits well out of the water, the ship drawing only 2.2 metres - a favourable characteristic in shoaling and reef waters where the ships are required to operate. Each SML carries the latest in navigation aids, and survey and computerised hydrographic data processing equipment. The crews of 15 a few years back marched into the city of Shepparton, and were stopped by the Shepparton mayor at the time Anne McCamish in some sort of traditional symbolic stand off.
Launched: 5 December 1989 Commissioned: 24 January 1990 Displacement: 310 tonnes Length: 36.6 metres Beam: 13.7 metres Main Machinery: 2 X Detroit V12 diesels Speed: 11 knots Ship's Company: 15 Range: 3500 nautical miles
(Resource: Royal Australian Navy)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Shepparton Duputy Mayor Steals Water For Plums

Shepparton Deputy Mayor Dallas Terlichc has pleaded guilty Tuesday for stealing water to feed his precious plum trees, while people in Euroa find there water taps running dry. Deputy Mayor Terlichc pathetic excuse for the thieving the precious water resource was to grow his plums trees and send fruit to starving orphans in Burma. It seems to me the conservative clergyman needed an excuse to cover his very unchristian like behaviour. It seems to me it is always the conservative people who do the most criminal, nasty, and conniving behaviour in our society. The only thing left is for My Terlichc to resign from his position as Deputy Mayor and Councilor. Councilor Terlichc job is to look after and govern the region the best he can, it is clear he is unable to do so.

Monday, April 30, 2007

3AW Football Back In The Shepparton Region

The local community radio station Fm 98.5, had felt the pulse of the Shepparton region increase with aner over the rival commercial radio station 95.3 3SR cancellation of 3AW’s Rex Hunt popular football commentary team a year or so ago. FM 98.5 through an exclusive deal is now broadcasting Friday and Sunday AFL matches, with the Saturday timeslot to remain broadcasting the highly successful local football coverage. My father who loved Rex Hunt commentary felt anger and disappointment over the cancellation of the 3AW coverage, a much loved program to many in the region. My father went to the extremes of buying expensive digital radios just to pick Rex Hunt from two districts away, the sound would be crackly, but it did not concern him as long as it was Rex blaring through the wireless. Football and Rex Hunt fans in the Shepparton region can breath a sigh of relief, Rexy is back on the airways, and the TV commentary can again be turned down and Rex Hunt program turned up. Thank you Fm 98.5. A quality radio station providing what is best for the Shepparton region.

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Big Juice Concert

The Big Juice concert was held in 2005, to celebrate the fruit season, and staged for the pickers and people of the region. The concert featured headline bands such as The Living End and 28 days. The concert was successful, and a great success for the region. The Greater Shepparton city council Mayor at the time indicated the concert will be held every two years. Two years is over, the fruit season is finished and no Big Juice concert has been held or announced. The concert if held again would be great thing for the region, and great opportunity to attract big and better artists and many more people to the area. I just hope in the near future the big juice festival will return.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

The Shepparton Bypass Will Fail

The Shepparton bypass, a project seen by some as a good thing, is a disaster for the future of the city of Shepparton. The Shepparton council’s attempt to show off the Shepparton region to me you and the world in the Show Me Shepparton campaigns will be a campaign doomed to fail while the world passes the city by. The city of Shepparton and other towns in the region will see there economy’s decline, due the effect of the bypass reducing the number of outside visitors. Nagambie another town with a proposed bypass in the works, will have to say good bye to its bustling thriving tourist town, and say hello to a dead sleepy hallow ghost town. Many citizens and families living along busy roads will complain about safety, but what about economic safety. I do have to say however the proposed bypass is very good for my home town of Mooroopna where the proposed bypass passes right by its western edges. Businesses have already purchased land around the bypass area. New business ventures have already entered Mooroopna such as Subway, and future developments such as McDonalds, and KFC. The proposed transport hub along with the bypass will do wonders for the SPC-Ardmona processing plant in Mooroopna, which may even reduce the amount of work done at the Shepparton plant. I suppose we can look forward to a faster drive to Melbourne.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

News: Shepparton Girl Dies In Road Accident

A 15 year old girl from shepparton, a passenger in a utility driven by a 44 year old Shepparton man, dies in Katandra west road accident. The driver was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital. Attending the scene were police, fire and Search and Rescue squad.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Mooroopna Out Raises Shepp

The Good Friday appeal has been and gone, and towns across Victoria have raised millions for the Royal Children’s Hospital. Today the news of the amounts raised by the two rival CFA's Mooroopna and Shepparton, are released revealing the unsurprising winners. Mooroopna raised $28,000 and Shepparton $24,000. One town with the population of 10,000 and the other town the population of 30,000, and the biggest amount raised were by the town with to many 0's in its name. It is astounding the population difference between the two sister towns, but still Mooroopna can raise often twice as much as the bigger sibling Shepparton across the river.

Friday, April 6, 2007

News: Plane Crash Near Echuca

A PILOT has been killed in an ultralight plane crash at Cohuna near Echuca, in northern Victoria. The pilot died when the single-seat plane crashed at Cohuna airport about 1.30pm (AEST), a Rural Ambulance Victoria (RAV) spokesman said. The circumstances of the crash and the age and sex of the deceased were unknown.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Factory Sales Disaster!

It has recently been announced the successful SPC-Ardmona factory sales, located in Mooroopna, will be moved way out of town, to Emerald Bank Melbourne Rd Shepparton. The excuse for the move was the parking around the current location is not sufficient, and due to the popularity the factory sales has to move. They wish to increase the growth by moving the store out to the very bustling Emerald Bank. How ridiculous! They wish to create a one stop tourist stop, catering to the 60% of the out of town customers that attend the Mooroopna factory sales annually. It is somewhat of a brainless move to Emerald bank, for the reasons of less foot traffic being on the out skirts, and the distance from the SPC-Ardmona factory it self is factor that could be detrimental to the success of the store. The one major factor that will see the demise of the Emerald bank factory sales is the future building of the Shepparton Bypass. Say good bye to the out of towners, who would be passing by Mooroopna on the newly built bypass, to stop for lunch at the Safeway and McDonalds at the old factory sales building. Lets hope there’s a park.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

GV Blogs Is Here!

New Blogger to the valleys, catering for the Shepparton/Mooroopna regions. Stay tuned!