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!