Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Tatura to get Major Horse Racing Event's

Horse racing tracks in north-east Victoria are being touted as possible locations for major training centres. The Victorian Opposition's racing spokesman, Denis Napthine, says many horse trainers will be forced to leave the Caulfield racecourse soon because of developments there. He says Wangaratta has top-class facilities and could be the home of a larger training centre and Seymour and Tatura could also attract new trainers. Dr Napthine says the race tracks would be in a good position to hold more race meetings, resulting in a steadier flow of visitors to the region.

Queenland Man Admits robbing Toolamba Junction Hotel 28yrs On

A Queensland man has finally admitted to being involved in a robbery at the Junction Hotel in Toolamba 28 years ago. Four men with stockings over their faces entered the hotel, one with a sawn-off shotgun, and demanded a safe be opened, to which $2000 was handed over. Four days earlier, a safe was stolen at McCabe motors in Benalla Rd. Armed Crime Taskforce Detective Senior Constable Tim Clinic said he has been in contact with Queensland Police last week and soon will go to QLD to talk to the man.

Crobram Residents Injured in Car Crash

Two Cobram residents were injured on Monday when their car lost control and hit a tree on the Murray Valley Hwy. Police arrived at the scene at 6:20pm and found the Ford Telstar rolled onto its roof and caught fire. The crash occurred about 10km west of Yarrawonga. The couple was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital with serious injuries.

Law to Clamp down on Tired Truck Drivers

New safety laws come into effect this week to help prevent Shepparton truck and bus drivers from getting behind the wheel when tired. Don Hogben from VicRoads says the tough new laws will ensure heavy vehicle operators are not driving too many hours and getting adequate rest breaks

Echuca's Dangerous Intersection Greyspot Funding

A dangerous Echuca intersection will be considered for Greyspot funding under the Safer Road Infrastructure Program following a campaign by concerned locals to address safety issues at the site. Safety hazards at the intersection of Mary Ann, Denmark and Brown roads and the Murray Valley Highway, south east of Echuca, were drawn to the attention of VicRoads at an on-site meeting in March attended by residents and The Nationals Member for Rodney Paul Weller. Mr Weller said safety issues at the site included the complicated design of the intersection, the lack of lighting at night and poor line-marking to guide traffic.

Teson Trim's Closure will hurt Euroa

Teson Trims is set to close down after a 3 week campaign to find a buyer for the car parts manufacturer had failed. Employees were informed yesterday morning of their job losses, after the company went into voluntary administration earlier this month. 92 manufacturing and support jobs will be lost at their only two plants in Euroa and Mitcham. Teson Trims will continue to trade until at least 10th October after which there will be a managed wind down. Mayor of Strathbogie Shire Council, Gregory Carlson said the impact of the loss of 92 jobs in the Euroa community will be significant, immediate and ongoing.

Large Locust Plague Heading Shepparton's Way

A looming locust plague 50 times larger than the one that tore through Northern Victoria 3 years ago, could cover a massive 1.24 million hectares by December. Shepparton and Wangaratta could be the worst hit with a potential high density of egg bearing locusts. Victoria’s Australian Plague Locust Commissioner Andrew Tomkins said the eggs are due to hatch next month, but the extent of the infestation would depend on how much green feed is available for the young locusts to feed on.

Murray River Communities March for Environment

Communities along the Murray River will march in Echuca this Sunday, to send a message to Government the Victorian Environment Assessment Councils final recommendations are unacceptable. The State Manager of Timber Communities Australia, Scott Gentle says he is hoping the State Government will take the lead on the issue and make a decision based on the majority views of people rather than a minority. He said the alternative management plan put forward by the Rivers and Redgum Environment Alliance will deliver positive outcomes for the environment and communities.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Shepparton's Slain Cop Damian Eyre Remembered

About 500 police officers march in Melbourne on Monday to remember those killed on duty.

Next month marks the 20th anniversary of the Walsh Street Killings, which claimed the lives of Constables Damian Eyre and Steven Tynan.

The two officers were shot dead in South Yarra when they responded to reports of an abandoned car.

The National Police Remembrance Day commemorations are a chance to pay respects to the slain officers.

Frank Eyre, who recently retired after more than 45 years in the force, says his son is not forgotten.

"There's a huge photograph in the Shepparton police station of my son, and everyone person who walks into the police station takes a moment to remember the job the police do every day," he said.

"They see me still working the watch house counter and they wonder how I continue to do the job that resulted in the loss of my son. My memories of Damian will remain forever present and the loss that we feel will never go away."

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Euroa Teson Trims Close in 4 weeks

Teson Trims is set to close in 4 weeks after a 3 week campaign to find a buyer for the car parts manufacturer had failed. Employees were informed this morning of their job losses, after the company went into voluntary administration earlier this month. 110 manufacturing and support jobs will be lost at their only two plants in Euroa and Mitcham. The question has to be asked how this will effect the economy and social well being of Euroa?

Shepparton Record Temperature for September

Shepparton reached its hottest temperature in September on Saturday with a top of 31.8 degrees at 2pm. The previous highest temperature was on September 19 2006 when it reached 30.6. Saturday was 13.7 above the average for September. Yesterday’s temperature dropped, only hitting a top of 20.7 at 2pm. Towards the end of the week, Thursday will be an expected top of 26 ahead of possible thunderstorms.

Alpine Classic Victoria's Number One Tourist Experince

The Alpine Classic has clinched the number two spot in an online poll conducted by RACV and Tourism Victoria to highlight the state's best tourism experiences. The Victoria 101 campaign attracted more than 76,000 visits and asked Victorians to identify what tourism experience they would recommend to others. Neil James, from RACV Tourism & Travel says the Victoria 101 campaign has identified some amazing local attractions and many others right across regional Victoria.

Rochester GVFL Premiers

- Results below -
I popped along to the 2008 GVFL grand final at Deakin Reserve in Shepparton on Sunday arvo, to catch the grand final clash between the premiership incumbents the Seymour Lions and the underdog's Rochester Tigers. It seemed Rochester started off with nervous jitters, and were constantly close behind Seymour through out the day. The overwhelming crowd support and hunger for the cup in the end spurred Rochy on to be the 2008 premiers and football champions. I Congratulate Rochester, for a well deserved win. It is the case a sad few week for me in footy, my beloved Geelong Cat's defeated, my hometown of Mooroopna Cat's defeated (by Rochester), and a club I am closely associated with in the KDFL Ardmona Cat's defeated.

The GVFL Grand final scores:

Seymour 13.18. (96) Rochester 15.9. (99)

Rochester Elliot Bowen 7, Dylan Cuttriss 2, Dean Moon 2, Kahl Oliver 2, Ben Deuscher 1, Anthony Mcphee 1
Seymour Saad Saad 2, Brent Colbert 2, Bernard Haberman 2, Benjamin Clifton 2, Jake Anderson 1, Dominic Russo 1, Paul Scanlon 1, Shane Schottner 1, Rodney Van riet 1
Rochester Elliot Bowen, Kahl Oliver, Ashley Watson, Sam O’brien, Scott Hann, Dean Moon
Seymour Paul Scanlon, Rodney Van riet, Brent Colbert, Shane Schottner, Bernard Haberman, Matthew O’keefe


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Light Plane Crash in Yea

A pilot has been taken to hospital and treated for shock after her light plane overran a runway and crashed into a fence in Victoria's north this saturday morning.

The 39-year-old woman was not injured in the crash which happened near Yea about 11am, police said.

"She was coming in to land at a private runway and has not stopped in time and came off the runway into a fence," police spokeswoman Amy Virgona said.

"There was minimal damage to the aircraft, she's more in shock than anything."

She was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Northern Hospital for observation, an ambulance spokesman said.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Local Farmer Arrested Blocking Work on North South Pipeline

A local farmer has been arrested for blocking Water workers access to her family's farm to begin work on the controversial north-south pipeline. Nine police officers and 20 workers forced their way on to the farmland in Yea which was being barricaded by the Mcleish family. Police were bought in after workers spent most of the morning trying to negotiate with the family. Deborah Mcleish, was arrested by police just before 2:00PM for continuing to block the Melbourne water workers. The government had been hoping to avoid this level of confrontation with its hopes pinned on the 75 kilometre pipe pumping 75 billion litres of water savings to Melbourne to secure the city's dwindling water supply.

Golfer Jarrod Lyle's Brother Fondled Sleeping Woman

THE brother of Shepparton’s champion pro golfer Jarrod Lyle yesterday pleaded guilty to fondling a woman's breast on a long-haul flight. In the Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court today, Leighton Lyle admitted pulling down a sleeping woman's top and "tugging" and "pulling" at her left breast and nipple on a flight . The court heard Lyle, 24, initially denied the charge but after his DNA was found on the victim's bra he yesterday pleaded guilty to one count of committing an indecent act on an aircraft. Magistrate Rozencwajg will sentence Lyle in January next year.

Magistrate - Tatura Man Should Go to Jail

A magistrate says a Tatura man who threatened police officers with a knife should go to jail. The mentally ill man, Jason Farrow, 34, took amphetamines only hours before he was shot 3 times in the chest, saying he wanted to die, the magistrates heard yesterday. Mr Farrow has been charged with a number of offences including endangering life, making threats to kill and assaulting police with a weapon. The man’s Japanese wife, who is awaiting citizenship, and their 7 week old daughter could be deported if he is sent to jail. The hearing was adjourned part-held until December.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Police Seek Man over Incident act at Market Place

Shepparton police are seeking public assistance for their investigation of a reported incident in the toilets at the Shepparton Market Place food court last month. Police are hoping to speak to a man about allegedly committing an indecent act in the presence of a child under 16 years around 1:20pm Sunday, 31 August. Investigators have released a photograph of a man they believe can assist with their inquiries and urge this person, or anyone else with information, to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au.

Goulburn Murray Overnight Soaking

Many parts of the Goulburn Murray region received a good soaking from rain overnight. Falls of up to 50 millimeters were recorded in the north-eastern Victorian ranges, and up to 20mm on the plains. Towns to get the most rain include Rutherglen with 18mm, Albury-Wodonga 12, and 8mm at Corryong and Deniliquin. Richard Carlyon from the weather bureau says the falls were more than expected. Wangaratta had a fall of 7mm, Albury-Wodonga 12, Wagga had 18mm, Shepparton only having 1mm and Deniliquin 8mm.

Denis Walter Quits WIN News

WIN Television has announced today that Denis Walter, the presenter of the network’s five regional news bulletins in Victoria including the Goulburn valley bulletin, will be moving to Melbourne radio station 3AW. Walter will replace Ernie Sigley as the presenter of the station’s afternoon shift, whose semi-retirement was announced last week. “I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of presenting WIN News,” Mr Walter said. “It has been an absolute honour to deliver the news that matters most to local communities, every weeknight for the past 15 years.” “If there was a way to combine both roles, I would jump at it.” “This local news service is unmatched anywhere in Australia and I remain extremely proud to have been a part of that,” he said. Walter moved to WIN News in 1992 after presenting the weather for National Nine News in Melbourne. His tenure saw WIN shift from producing two to six bulletins a day from its studios in Ballarat. Mr Walter will present his last bulletin in November. Source: http://report.mediaspy.org/

Country Footy Fan's Well Behaved, well the soccer?

Police were impressed by the behaviour of fans at the weekend’s local football matches, after issuing a stern warning of a zero tolerance approach to antisocial or drunken behaviour. Extra police were rostered on to man the GVFL Preliminary Final, Murray League Grand Final and the North Eastern Soccer League Grand Finals. Shepparton Police Sergeant Peter Kearney said the football crowds were well behaved, although at the soccer, a small fight between spectators was broken up, but no arrests were made.

Careful Cobber Fight Still Strong

The fight to save the Careful Cobbers is still strong after a rally was held Saturday morning in the Maude St Mall. Rally organiser, Camille Van Breda said although the turnout of 100 people was lower than expected, the community was passionate about saving the road safety program. She said petitions will keep circulating around the area until she gets an answer. Her next course of action will be to establish a Save the Careful Cobbers Committee which will take to the steps of Parliament.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

New Difibrillators in Rural Ambulances

Rural Victorians suffering from cardiac arrest will benefit from a multi-million dollar roll-out of new life-saving equipment in country ambulances. Health Minister Daniel Andrews said all rural and regional ambulances are now fitted with the latest state-of-the-art defibrillators. The new defibrillators will benefit paramedics and patients with improved technology and a more rapid delivery of a shock in the event of a cardiac arrest.

Free Health Assements for Victorian Farmers

The Brumby Government will continue the rollout of free individual assessments and group workshops to help improve the health of Victorian farmers. Victorian Agriculture Minister, Joe Helper says the $2.18 million healthcare program is part of the Government's Future Farming Strategy, aimed to improve outcomes for the state's farmers.

National's Free up Land In Undera

The Nationals Member for Rodney Paul Weller has brokered a meeting between the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Undera community representatives to progress a proposal for the subdivision of unused land at the Undera Recreation Reserve. A pocket of land at the reserve has been unused for 50 years and the community wants to subdivide the land and sell it for housing. Mr Weller said the proposal had the backing of the Undera Recreation Reserve Committee and the Undera Community Development Group but had been knocked back by the DSE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Shepparton Woman Saved by Mystery Man

A Shepparton woman was saved by an unknown man yesterday when a neighbouring unit caught fire in Michel St. The unknown man knocked at the woman's window telling her to get out of the house. Around 1:30pm Shepparton CFA attended the block of flats to find a rear unit alight, which was unoccupied at the time. The fire took 20mins to control with the rear unit receiving extensive damage. It has been treated as not suspicious with the cause most likely to be accidental.

Rates Increase by 6.95%

Ratepayers should have recently received their 2008/2009 rate notices with the Greater Shepparton City Council issuing about 27,000 notices last week. Outgoing Chief Executive Officer Bob Laing said the revaluation of all properties every two years is a requirement of state government legislation and contrary to common perception, an increase in property values does not mean councils will receive more in rates. In contrast to what Mr Laing just indicated, he said this year the Council will raise more than $41.5 million in total rates and charges revenue which is an increase of 6.95 per cent on the 2007/08 levels.

Counilors To Be Held Accountable

Greater Shepparton City councilors will now be more accountable following new Brumby Government legislation clarifying codes of conduct and conflict of interest within local government. Victorian Local Government Minister, Richard Wynne says the community should expect high standards from local councilors to ensure better representation and strengthened democracy. Mr Wynne also said VCAT would be given wide powers to discipline councillors for serious or gross misconduct. He said VCAT would have the ability to disqualify a councillor for up to four years, suspend one for up to six months, or declare him/her ineligible to be mayor for up to four years. “Definitions of conflict of interest have been revised to apply to gifts and election donations received from a person with a direct interest, as well as situations where a member of a councillor’s family has an interest,” Mr Wynne said. “In addition to being excluded from voting on issues where there is a conflict of interest, councillors will also be excluded from participating in debate and the decision on those issues at council meetings, committee meetings and councillor briefings,” he said. “Conflict of interest will also be extended to council staff, who will be prohibited from exercising any delegated power or function of the council, if they have a conflict of interest.” This new legislation should sit uneasy amongst some wayward local councilors who now must attempt to follow strict guideline to behave properly in the community. Local councilors can be the most dodgy and ego driven politicians around, so I am sure many of us will be pleased with these new measures.

North South Pipeline Approved

In yet another blow to those who are against the controversial North-south Pipeline, MOIRA SHIRE COUNCIL has expressed its profound disappointment at the Federal Government’s approval of the pipeline and maintains the project spells disaster for the Murray-Darling Basin. This disappointment conveyed I am sure is derived from over the top paranoia from people in the region who still do not understand and will not try to understand the purpose of the pipeline. Moira Shire Mayor Councilor Frank Malcolm said Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s decision to give the green light to the pipeline will rob the parched Murray-Darling Basin of vital flows. Recently the Murray-Darling Basin Commission reported the conditions of Australia’s biggest river system are the worst in recorded history. This may be true, however water will not be taken from the system if no savings have been created. Savings will not be created until water storage surpass that of usual flows, savings intended to occur when the new irrigation and anti-evaporation upgrades are complete. Savings is water created above normal catchments, which are then equally spread to regional, urban and environmental sectors. Clearly the state of the Murray-Darling system currently will see no water removed from the system. The pipe line is a long term project, a project built to help 'all' Victorians in times when water is scarce.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Rescued Woman Flown to Melbourne

A 21-year-old woman has been flown to a Melbourne hospital, after crashing her car this morning. Her car hit a tree on the Bendigo-Murchison Road near Murchison about 6:40am. She was trapped in the car for about an hour. The woman has a bad cut on her face, another laceration on her leg and a suspected fractured ankle. She has being taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Stanhope House Burnt to Ground

A Stanhope residence has burnt to the ground after the owners returned from a holiday to find all their possessions, including a late model car were destroyed. The fire went unnoticed to neighbours and the CFA were not alerted, when the couple in their late 30’s arrived home about 2pm yesterday. The blaze was most likely to have occurred between noon on Sunday and 2pm yesterday. Fire investigators thought at first the fire was deliberately lit, but was soon to be found not suspicious. The cause is still yet to be known.

Durringile Woman Saved by Dog in House Fire

A woman was woken to find her house in Dhurringile, south-west of Shepparton, on fire early this morning. Fire crews were called to the house on Langham Road about 2:20am AEST. It was well on fire when they arrived. Police say the woman's barking dog woke her up and she got out of the house. Investigators are trying to determine out how the fire was started.

Save Our Careful Cobber Rally

Members of the community concerned about the future of northern Victoria’s Careful Cobber road safety program will rally in Maude Street Mall, Shepparton on Saturday 20 September. Everyone is welcome to attend the peaceful rally, which aims to highlight community support for the program. Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell says members of the community have an opportunity to show their support by joining the Save Our Careful Cobbers rally, which gets underway at 11am.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Shepparton Council CEO Bob Laing Calls it Quits

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO Bob Laing has announced via email to staff his resignation today, citing that he has accepted an offer as Executive Officer of Environment Waikato, a large regional council based in Hamilton, New Zealand. Sources indicate that Bob Laing departure was largely influenced by unruly Councilors, including the infamous Councilor Sondrae Johnson's, whose deplorable actions within the council have some Council workers feeling exhausted and irritated. Mr Laing is said to be hanging up his hat on Friday, the 14th of November. The question has to be asked, will Bob Laing resignation create a cavalcade of departures? The up and coming Council election this November should make local politics very interesting. Watch this space.

Breaking News - Greater Shepparton City Council CEO QUITS

Greater Shepparton City Council CEO has resigned due to Councilor Sondrae Johnson's deplorable action's. Source's indicate further resignation's are to fellow. ....More to come.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Earn Cash & Rewards Online, is it Real?

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Samurai Murderer Pleads Guilty

Victoria Police believe 26-year-old William Woods was killed with a samurai sword in December last year. Part of his dismembered body was found by the side of a road near Shepparton that month. The rest was discovered in an irrigation channel in January. Thirty year-old Brian Edward Lawrence pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court in Shepparton today to being an accessory after the fact. He will face court next month. Three other people from the Goulburn Valley are also charged in relation to the murder.

No Bail for Credit Union Robber

The driver who allegedly drove a getaway car in a robbery at Shepparton’s Goulburn Murray Credit Union last week made no application for bail in court yesterday. Forty-eight year old Peter Sinclair was charged with common law assault, armed robbery, theft and aggravated burglary. He appeared via video link from Shepparton at Wangaratta Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody to appear at Shepparton’s Magistrates Court for a committal mention in November.

Shepparton Lowest Smoking Deaths

Greater Shepparton has been named as one of two country victoria locations where smoking related deaths are the lowest in the satate. Still, New figures released from Victoria’s Cancer council reveal that Smoking kills 11 people in Victoria each day and causes more preventable deaths than road accidents, alcohol and drug use, amounting to up to nearly 4,000 people each year. With these latest figures, Australian Medical Association Victorian president Dr Doug Travis has called on the Victorian government to do more to protect children from taking up smoking.

Shepparton Residents Attend Victoria Park Lake Forum

Fifty residents attended a forum last night to express their opinion on the redevelopment of the Victoria Park Lake. They supported the plan and would like the lake to be filled with water as soon as possible. Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Eric Bott said the drought has done some damage to the lake, but opens an opportunity to do something for the future. The forum was thrown open to questions, with the biggest concern being the length of time it will take for the construction.

Work Starts on Kyabram Streetscape Project

Works are underway to replace kerbing and footpaths along Allan Street in Kyabram as part of the next stage of the Kyabram Streetscape Project. Kyabram Ward Councillor, John Elborough, says arrangements have been made not to cause disruption for people or interfere with the operation of the market day at the end of October. The work valued at $370,000 is expected to commence mid to late September and extend through to mid November.

Mooroopna Better Than Shepparton?

A movement has began, a movement of passionate Mooroopnarians that advocate 'Mooroopna is better than Shepp'. The group was started on facebook, and now obtains a total membership of 209 people and growing. That's almost equivalent to 2.5% of Mooroopna population. This group was created by yours truly and is helped cared for by two other passionate defenders of the Mooroopna cause. The group proudly states that Mooroopna is a tidier town, has better bakeries, better economic possibilities, mobile coverage, and football team than all Shepparton sides put together. Greater personalities, lower crime rates, and disapproves of the moving of the SPC Ardmona factory sales, and the stupid decision to close the superior SPC Ardmona Mooroopna plant. Plus alot more rants from anti-Shepp citizens. If you desire to check out this group or you wish to join, head over to the 'Mooroopna Better Than Shepp" facebook group. Click Here - Mooroopna Better Than Shepp

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Another Man Arrested for Shepparton Credit Union Robbery

Armed Crime Task Force detectives have arrested a second man in relation to an armed robbery at Shepparton’s Goulburn Murray Credit Union last week. Detectives, with the assistance of the Special Operations Group, arrested a 48-year-old Shepparton man, Peter Sinclair about 4.30pm at a Cezanne Drive address in Shepparton. He has been charged with several offences including armed robbery, common law assault, aggravated burglary and theft. The Shepparton man appeared before a bail justice last night and has been remanded to appear at Shepparton Magistrates Court this morning.

Careful Cobber Petition Presented to Parliament

State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell presented over 4000 signatures on a petition in Parliament yesterday from people opposed to the Government’s decision to cut funding to the Careful Cobber Program at Shepparton’s Driver Education Centre of Australia. Mrs. Powell said the decision to cut the funding has been made by bureaucrats who do not understand the role of the program and she will continue to ask the government to reinstate the funding for the important Primary School road safety program.

Shepparton's Dr Peter Eastaugh Wins Community Award

The Brumby Government has honoured a Shepparton paediatrician with a prestigious community services award after spending the past 25 years working with vulnerable children. Dr Peter Eastaugh was last night named a co-winner of the Making a Difference with Children, Young People and Families section of the 2008 Robin Clark Memorial Awards. He was presented with his award in Melbourne by Community Services Minister Lisa Neville at a ceremony helping launch Child Protection Week.

Careful Cobber Protest

Members of the community concerned about the future of northern Victoria’s Careful Cobber road safety program will rally in Maude Street Mall, Shepparton. Rally organiser Camille Van Breda said everyone was welcome to attend the peaceful rally, which aimed to highlight community support for the program. Speakers include Jenny Houlihan, Shepparton Search and Rescue representative Gary Lovell, Member for Northern Victoria Region Wendy Lovell and State Member for Shepparton Jeanette Powell. The rally starts at 11am this Saturday.

Police Search for Credit Union Getaway Driver

Police are still searching for a getaway driver involved in the robbery of Shepparton’s Goulburn Murray Credit Union last week. A number of leads have been found and Police are following up some inquires. The man was believed to have been waiting in a cream 1990’s Ford Falcon sedan while the robbery was taking place, and then drove away with the armed robber. A man was arrested last week in Gippsland in relation to the robbery where he was alleged to have threatened staff at the Fryers St branch and demanded cash.

Banalla Youths Charged for Multiple Burglaries

Three Benalla youths and a 24 yr old man have been charged in relation to a number of burglaries at sporting clubs and liquor outlets over the past 3 months. Thousands of dollars of power tools, alcohol and cash were stolen in the ten burglaries that took place. The 24yr old man was arrested at his home on Friday, along with 3 youths aged 14, 16 and 17 years old. They have all been charged with counts of theft, handling stolen goods and burglary.

Country Victoria's Water Quality to Improve

Water quality is set to improve dramatically for small towns in regional Victoria following a $20 million investment by the Brumby Government. Victorian Water Minister, Tim Holding says the dollar-for-dollar arrangement with councils will provide a range of projects to help improve the quality of water supply and wastewater management

Sunday, September 7, 2008

GV Voice to Showcase the Vally's Finest

The finest voices in the Goulburn Valley are set to shine in this years anticipated GV Voice extravaganza. Word and mouth’s GV Voice vocal talent competition is nearing it’s grand final on September 20th, where 12 finalist will battle it out for the title of the best voice in the Goulburn Valley. The event is hosted by Nova 100's personality Dylan Lewis and tickets are available from Riverlinks Box office 5832 9511

Save the Careful Cobbers Petition Joined by Thousends

More than four thousand people have signed a petition calling on the Victorian Government to reinstate a driver education program in Shepparton. The Careful Cobbers program teaches children about road safety using small motorised cars. The Government has cut its funding and will run school-based safety classes instead. The Nationals' Member for Shepparton, Jeanette Powell, says the petition will be tabled in Parliament this week. The careful cobber program, once enjoyed by the late Princess Diana her self on her Australian visit back in the 80's, is a Shepparton institution and must be saved.

Shepparton Boy Burgles Grahamvale, Mooroopna, Merrigum Schools

A 17 yr old Shepparton boy has been remanded in custody to front a children’s court today after 3 Primary School’s were burgled and damaged on the weekend. Between midnight Thursday and 2am yesterday, three film projectors worth a combined $6000 were stolen from Grahamvale, Mooroopna and Merrigum Primary School’s. The 17yr old boy was charged with three counts of burglary, theft and criminal damage, while the 26yr old man was charged with one count of burglary, criminal damage and theft.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Shepparton Council Takes Aim at Shepp Hotel's Electronic sign

At tuesdays Greater Shepparton City Council Meeting, Shepparton Hotel owner, Milvan Muto will have to keep fighting for the permit of his electronic sign, when Council applied to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to have the permit cancelled. The main reason the sign is being challenged is there are messages pointed directly at the Council and the sign is not being used for advertising, therefore, it is a breach of the permit. The question has to be asked, is the council attempting to stop the expression of free speech?

AFL Superstars Come to Town

In the build up to the 2008 Toyota AFL Grand Final, Major AFL sponser Toyota is bringing a cavalcade of AFL superstars and legends to selected local towns across Victoria. The project’s Ambassadors Kevin Sheedy, Jonathan Brown and Matt Maguire, along with AFL stars Scott West, Brett Deledio, Mark Ricciuto, Adem Yze (proun. Ooz-ay) and Danny Frawley, will join it’s major Toyota Ambassador Brian Taylor at Seymour and Benalla this Monday 8th September and Cobram, Denilliquin, and Echuca on Tuesday 9th September. For all the details visit www.toyota.com.au/afl.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Shepparton's Victoria Park Lake Revamped

Shepparton's Victoria Park Lake is set to undergo a multi-million dollar redevelopment. The Greater Shepparton Council has adopted a plan to improve the lake, which includes a wetland to help water quality and a canoe and rowing course. The initial project will cost between $6 and $7 million and the whole redevelopment could cost up to $25 million. Deputy Mayor Kevin Ryan says work will be done as funding becomes available and it is important to get the project right the first time. "But I do ask the people to be a little bit patient with this because we want to do it once and do it properly instead of being a burden on future councils." The plan is on public display for three weeks.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Credit Union Robber Arrested

Armed Crime Task Force detectives have arrested and charged a 46-year-old man following an armed robbery at a Shepparton Credit Union earlier this week. Investigators, with the assistance of the Special Operations Group, arrested the man on Wednesday night at a residential address on the Great Alpine Rd in Bruthen, about 20km north of Bairnsdale. William Neville Mansfield was charged with one count of armed robbery, aggravated burglary, theft, common law assault and prohibited person possess unregistered firearm in relation to the armed robbery of the Goulburn Murray Credit Union in Fryer Street Shepparton on Monday. He appeared before a bail justice in an out of sessions hearing and was remanded in custody to reappear before the La Trobe Magistrates Court .