Our taxis were safe enough

By Riverine Herald

■Ten Years Ago

May 2, 2008

New safety measures for Victorian taxi drivers are not needed here, according to an Echuca taxi driver.

Bill Westrup said the situation in Melbourne was far removed from that in Echuca-Moama.

‘‘We live in Echuca, which is far removed from the type of clientele and the type of drivers that are in Melbourne,’’ he said.

A new road off the Murray Valley Hwy at Echuca is expected to be finished by the end of June.Work began earlier this year to develop road networks for a residential subdivision on the west side of the highway.The development will be accessed by a road off the highway, opposite Butcher St, to be named Bridlington Ave, which will also provide a link to St Mary’s Primary School when it relocates to its new site.

Campaspe Shire approved Westlink, the first stage of the residential development, in 2000.

Planright Echuca’s Brian Harland said lots would be placed on the market shortly after June.

Racing returns to Echuca on Sunday with an eight-race program starting at 12.40pm.

The first is a three-year-old maiden and top Melbourne trainer Danny O’Brien has an interesting first starter by Strategic, who will be well educated.

Of the raced division, Rubazi has good form for this race, as does Common Ground.

■Thirty Years Ago

May 4, 1988

A former Echuca City councillor has slammed last Tuesday’s council meeting which shut down early after it erupted into a bun-fight.

Travel agent Tod Collins, who was on council from 1981 to 1984, said he was ‘‘absolutely disgusted’’ with the tone of the meeting.

‘‘In those three years we had debate for and against a motion but no personal grudges were held and there was no mudslinging or gutter talk like that,’’ Mr Collins said of Tuesday’s meeting.

The Moama Tidy Towns Committee has chosen Francis St as the winner of this month’s Tidiest Street Award.

‘‘Private residents have shown commendable civic pride in keeping the street environs tidy despite the fact that they live in a busy traffic area,’’ the committee said.

The award will be posted at the corner of Echuca and Francis Sts this Saturday May 7 at 10am.

Echuca Football Club may defy the Goulburn Valley and Victorian Country Football League by playing talented centre half forward Paul Brown on Saturday.

Brown was banned from playing against Seymour at Echuca in a controversial decision made by GV district director to the VCFL Graeme Macartney on advice from VCFL rules committee chairman Bob Templeton.

■Fifty Years Ago

May 3, 1968

Church and civic authorities should work together for the welfare of the whole community, said the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Victoria and Tasmania, the Right Reverend Rhys A. Miller in Echuca yesterday.

The Moderator was speaking at a civic reception tendered to him and his wife by the Mayor of Echuca, Cr. A. E. Rosendale.

Mr. Miller is visiting Echuca as part of a tour of the Bendigo Presbytery which extends from Woodend to Cohuna.

Forty one students and two teachers from 4A at Echuca High School left Echuca on Wednesday morning for a five day bus trip to Canberra.

The students arrived in Canberra on wednesday afternoon, and spent yesterday and today touring the city.

A tour of the Snowy Mountain Scheme area via Cooma, will be made tomorrow.

The Echuca Racing Club’s Cup meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow, has been postponed because of rain.

The postponement was announced by club officials after heavy rainfall fell yesterday afternoon.

Club officials had been hopeful of being able to to stage the meeting but two heavy showers early in the afternoon forced the postponement decision.