Reflections from the past

March 17, 2017

Rochester Primary School grade two student, Allison McCoy, won a prize in the TV8 "Skywatch" Competition in March 1987.

10 years ago

Tuesday March 20, 2007

Community consultation into the future use of Rochester’s Random House began on Friday with the formation of a consultative committee which includes seven Rochester residents.

Two Department of Humans Services (DHS) representatives met Campaspe Shire representatives, nearby residents, Citizens Advisory Group (CAG) and two Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) staff at Rochester hospital on Friday to discuss the use of Random House as an indigenous healing centre.

DHS, which took over ownership of the property two weeks ago, called the meeting after earlier public consultation was delayed to allow for further talks between DHS and council.

DHS Loddon Mallee Region community services manager Stuart Lindner said the community had not been consulted about the future use of the property before because DHS wanted to wait until the purchase was completed before taking it to the community.

‘‘We were keen to actually own the property prior to discussing some issues that have some uncertainty,’’ Mr Lindner said.

‘‘At the end of the day, a negotiation goes on about the price between the vendor and the purchaser.’’

30 years ago

Tuesday, March 17, 1987

Rochester Shire Council is set to go ahead with a scheme to provide better stormwater disposal from the north-west area of Rochester.

Landowners in the area, to be known as Diggora Rd drainage scheme, will be notified in the near future of the proposal and what it will cost them.

Total cost of the work is just over $220,000 with $166,000, about 75 per cent, to be provided by the landowners and 25 per cent, nearly $55,000 to be paid by the council.

The scheme has been devised to collect stormwater from the area, which includes Victoria, Queen, Hopetoun, Northcote, James and Edward Sts., and Echuca Rd., and convey it to the Campaspe River.

The formula used to apportion cost to the 200 or so pieces of land involved is complex because of the variety of sizes, however, most of the owners average size block will be paying in the vicinity of $300 to $340.

In a covering letter to be sent with notice of the scheme, shire secretary, Mr Kevin Jackel points out that the need for the drain has been evident for many years and has increased as vacant land has been developed.

100 years ago

Saturday, March 10, 1917

Mr H. T. Drowne, J.P., took his seat on the Bench for the first time at the local Court on Wednesday last.

The Chairman of the Bench (Mr J.P. Graham, J.P), took the opportunity to extend to the new magistrate a hearty welcome, and congratulated him on his appointment.

He had known Mr. Drowne for many years and felt there was no one in the district more capable of discharging the duties of his new office in a faithful, impartial, and intelligent way.

He would be an acquisition to the Bench.

Mr. H. W. Raleigh (on behalf of the bar), Senior-Con. M’Manus (on behalf of the police), and the Clerk of Courts (Mr J. J. Burke) also extended the new magistrate a hearty welcome in fitting terms.

Mr. Drowne acknowledged the kindly welcome, and said he appreciated the honor that had been conferred upon him.

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