Olivia is up for the challenge
OLIVIA Stone has 29 days to ride 565km. To reach her 600km target for the month of October she will have to ride just under 20km a day. Which is a fair feat for anyone, but for a 12-year-old girl it almost seems like an unreachable target. But Lockington’s Olivia knows she can do it and she is riding to fight kids’ cancer. She is taking part in the Great Cycle Challenge where people of all ages across the country set themselves a goal and challenge themselves to pedal throughout October.
Elmore Field Days
THE Elmore Field Days were a big success. With 730 farming and heritage displays, the three-day event had its best crowd since 2012. President Derek Shotton said that everyone behind the scenes worked very well together and the crowds were just as good. ‘‘I just want to express my thanks to the exhibitors and the public for contributing to a very successful field days,’’ he said.
Rochy rolls Tongala
ROCHESTER United tuned up for a Goulburn Murray Cricket grand final rematch against Kyabram Fire Brigade next week with a strong seven-wicket win against Tongala on Saturday. United, missing a number of key contributors from last season’s premiership-winning side, was back to some of its best with the ball, keeping Tongala to 8/119 from its 45 overs. Jayden Tucker was Tonny’s most important batsman, holding strong as the wickets fell around him to make a fine 52. The batting side at one stage was 2/93 and in a good position, but quickly lost 6/11 to lose its standing in the game.
Into the valley of death
ROCHESTER firefighter Travis Harris is in the US as part of an international contingent flown in to help local emergency services combat the apocalyptic bushfires laying waste to huge slices of California. Based in Shepparton, Travis is part of a team of 34 Victorian emergency management personnel that departed on Wednesday for a 21-day deployment to California. The crew includes 20 frontline troops, 12 divisional commanders and two senior liaison officers. Seven are members of CFA and the rest are from Forest Fire Management – which includes the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria members. Victoria’s emergency management commissioner, Craig Lapsley, said California had requested support from Victoria for the northern California fires that have already caused significant death, destruction and community displacement.
Door slammed on Rochy plant
IT’S official. If Saputo buys out Murray Goulburn (MG), the Rochester plant will never open its doors again. While some jobs were saved at the Kiewa plant, Rochester was not so lucky. The news comes after it was announced that the Kiewa plant would stay open to continue production on cream cheese. However all other areas of the plant would be shut down. ‘‘Due to a range of commercial considerations, the proposed closure of our Kiewa facility has been postponed,’’ general manager Craig McRae said in a release. ‘‘Cream cheese production will therefore continue at Kiewa, with current operational requirements maintained for at least the period until completion of the Saputo transaction. Subject to completion, the continued operation of the Kiewa facility will be a matter for Saputo to consider. In response to queries, I also would also like to clarify that the MG Trading business is included in the Saputo transaction, unless MG has sold MG Trading prior to completion, which it is entitled to do. There is no formal sale process currently underway for MG Trading. As with Kiewa, the future of MG Trading will be a matter for Saputo to consider subject to completion of the transaction.’’
Heat is on as fire brigade comps begin
FIRE brigade competition season has just started and Rochester junior fire brigade competed on Sunday in Kangaroo Flat against 12 other teams. Fire competition running is a summer sport that is an alternative to the standard cricket, tennis, athletics for kids aged between 11 to 17 years of age, boys and girls. They compete in two age groups, under 14s and under 17s and the teams are made up of integrated boys/ girls on each team.
Statues of soldier and nurse are well received
THE people of Rochester are really in caring hands. The new sculptures of a World War II soldier and nurse, titled In Caring Hands, which sit at the entrance to the Rochester hospital, have been met with rave reviews from the public. The life-sized statues, carved out of cypress wood, were unveiled just over a week ago and have already had a lasting effect on the hospital patients, staff and wider community. The sculptures were hand-carved by sculptor Richard Yates. ‘‘They were both carved from a single piece of cypress pine,’’ Richard said. ‘‘After a lot of collaboration and consultation with some old family photos and ideas we came to the conclusion that the soldier and the nurse would be best represented together. The soldier is holding a cane and the nurse is helping his other arm —like they are walking out of the hospital.’’
Garrett as good as a gilt-edged guarantee
ENGLISH import Jordan Garrett has made an impact in his opening months at Rochester United, but saved his best knock to date for Thursday night’s Twenty20 against Cooma. United, who entered the game with a perfect record in both the A grade competition andT20, won the toss and batted and had Garrett to thank for a 6/176 total — putting it in a brilliant position. Early on it had been all Cooma, as Liam Barrett picked up a couple of early wickets. He had Corey Windridge caught for four and then bowled Ashley Gray to have United on the ropes at 2/5.
Rubbish dump fuels debate
THE rubbish situation along the Campaspe River has hit a whole new level. A trailer full of rubbish was found just west of Bonn Rd on December 3 and pictures were posted on Facebook. It is believed it took the Department of Environment, Land and Water Planning four hours to clean the mess. There are calls from the community to lower the prices for waste disposal fees. In reply, Campaspe Shire said in a statement its waste disposal fees are low in comparison to other councils.
‘Briggsy’ is dux after engineering 93.
MANY year 12 students woke up on Friday very nervous. At 7am they received their ATAR scores and for Ben Briggs it was an exciting moment. ‘‘I actually received my study scores in the mail at about 6am,’’ he said. ‘‘So it was a very nervous hour wait.’’ The Rochester Secondary student received 93.55—making him dux of the school. ‘‘I was really excited,’’ he said. ‘Briggsy’, as he is affectionately known at the school, studied English, specialist maths, maths methods, chemistry and biology.
House stuck in decline
RANDOM House is back in the limelight — but not in a good way. A tractor and slasher have been in to trim back some areas of the block, but close to the house nothing has been done. Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said anyone that knows fire control around the home knows the first place to clean up is close to the building — not further away. “If the Minister thinks I’m going to go away or thinks the community of Rochester is going to go away on this issue, we’re not,’’ he said. “It is a very proud part of Rochester’s history and needs to be maintained appropriately.If the government can’t do that they should put it out to private enterprise for someone who would buy it and love it dearly and restore it to its former glory.”