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Roundup of District News (weekly)

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Here are some news stories from last weeks local press

  • A QUALITY line-up of steer weaners, weighing 30kg up on last year, was unable to stem the tide of a falling market at Wangaratta, Victoria. The 2201 steers and 893 heifers attracted a large crowd including processors, lotfeeders, backgrounders and restockers.

  • WANGARATTA teenager Sarah Poulson was sent home with dad, Andrew Miller, yesterday for wearing a nose stud to Wangaratta High School.

    The family is appalled by the policy, which they say is unfairly depriving Sarah of an education at the public school.

  • THE Federal Government’s stimulus package received almost unanimous support from five Wangaratta people, although some reservations were expressed.

  • DEMAND for stock and domestic water is placing increased pressure on public water points across the Rural City of Wangaratta.

    The standpipe at Bowser landfill has run dry with water being sapped from the underground resource faster than it can be replenished.

  • SCORCHING temperatures have some local vignerons sweating, and others remaining optimistic.

    Executive officer of the King Valley Vignerons, Kevin McGennan, said yesterday that the vintage from the valley could be down by an average of 20 per cent. “It’s been very tough on those vineyards that don’t have access to irrigation,” he said, “and the situation is worse further up the valley.

  • The Ovens River at Porepunkah, Victoria
    Image via Wikipedia

    PROBING fisheries officers have found healthy native fish numbers in the Ovens River, at Wangaratta.
    Officers have been using an electrofishing technique, monitoring the river from Myrtleford to Bundalong, as part of an ongoing national fish recovery program.

  • GRAHAM Cribbes has taken umbrage at moves to rename Cribbes Road.
    Named after his grandfather, former Wangaratta city councillor George Cribbes, changing a section of the road, between Salisbury Street and Greta Road, has been proposed as the ‘easy’ option to accommodate 21 new residential lots to the south.

  • HARDWARE giant Bunnings will build a $10 million, 5000sq m warehouse in Wangaratta.
    Council officers have hailed the decision as a win for jobs in the region and vote of confidence in the city.

  • I urgently need you to know that Kevin Rudd is planning to plunge Australia deep into debt with a poorly considered and ineffective $42 billion “fiscal stimulus” package.
    Kevin Rudd has demanded that the Parliament approve his plans within 48 hours and has refused to discuss let alone negotiate the package with the Coalition.

  • The Labor Government’s decision to reinstate the fox bounty has been welcomed by the leader of The Nationals, Peter Ryan, and The Nationals Member for Benalla, Dr Bill Sykes.

    “When I called for the return of the bounty in Parliament in October last year the Minister gave me a stern lecture about why the initiative would not work, but this announcement will see the bounty back in place,” Mr Ryan said.

  • Not-for-profit organisations are reminded that the Small Grants for Rural Communities program is once again being offered in 2009.

    The Nationals Member for Benalla, Dr Bill Sykes, advises that applications are currently being invited by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Applications from communities with a population of 10,000 or less will receive priority.

  • SPONSORS have come to the rescue and ensured Wangaratta’s inaugural Viva Italia festival will go ahead as planned on March 21 and 22.

    Festival chairperson, David Lawson, in last Friday’s Wangaratta Chronicle, had made an impassioned plea for support – after the loss of two major sponsors – or the festival wouldn’t proceed.

  • VETERAN Wangaratta angler John Skinner was almost in tears.

    “It’s a bloody crime,” he yelled yesterday, trying to ignore the pungent smell of death emanating from rotting Murray cod, he estimated in their hundreds, littering the muddy, shallow depths of Lake Mokoan.

    “Nearly all of these cod would be between 20 to 30 kilograms… probably been in the lake since 1986 when they first released 20,000 with a view to make it one of the state’s leading cod fisheries.

  • Bunnings’ $10m goods centre development to revitalise Newman Street
    Written by SALLY EVANS. (Wangaratta Chronicle: 4 Feb 09)

    BUNNINGS Warehouse is leading the charge on a new multi-million dollar bulky goods centre to be built in Wangaratta.

    Plans for a 5000sqm Bunnings outlet, and three other major stores, have been unveiled for 1.9 hectares on the corner of Newman Street and Tone Road.

  • WANGARATTA is fighting a losing battle against fruit fly.
    While the incidence of the pest is rapidly increasing, the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is being ‘drawn away’ from the city by more pressing outbreaks in commercial orchards in Glenrowan and the border area.

  • HARDWARE giant Bunnings will build a $10 million, 5000sq m warehouse in Wangaratta. Council officers have hailed the decision as a win for jobs in the region and vote of confidence in the city.

  • POLICE have urged young people to look out for their mates after six teenagers abandoned the scene of a car rollover in Wangaratta despite some of them being seriously injured.

  • Primary industry is not separate council portfolio
    Written by SALLY EVANS.
    WANGARATTA’S rural landowners hoping for a greater voice on council have been ignored in their plight for a new portfolio specific to primary industry.
    Issues relating to the rural sector will instead be shared among all seven councillors.

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Written by Greg Naylor

9 February 2009 at 12:30 am

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