■ 10 years ago
Tuesday, August 14 2007
IS it a pool, a mine or an underground car park?
No. It’s the latest technology in rainwater harvesting being installed at the front of Rochester War Memorial Hospital.
The project will allow the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) to harvest all the rainwater from the roof of its entire facility and redirect it for use in the grounds; three million litres a year, in fact.
AGRICULTURE and its future will be a topic of discussion at a community open day to be held later this month in Campaspe Shire.
Information sessions will form part of a community open day regarding the development of a new rural strategy.
Campaspe has joined with City of Greater Shepparton and Moira Shire to consider a consistent regional response to the management of rural land across the region as part of the new strategy development.
ROCHESTER’S Annalea Mitchell is one important step closer to capturing Australian country music’s most prestigious talent competition prize, after winning the Shepparton heat of the Telstra Road to Tamworth competition last Sunday.
Annalea, 25, will now compete in the Telstra Road to Tamworth finals series at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.
The overall grand final winner will be awarded the ultimate prize — an all expenses paid return trip to Nashville and a full album deal with ABC Music, distributed by Warner Music Australia.
■ 30 years ago
Tuesday, August 18, 1987
NINE lessees of V/Line land in Rochester are concerned that the land is about to be literally ‘‘sold out from under them’’.
The tenants are concerned that state government moves against railway land tenants in suburban areas will carry through to country areas. Melbourne tenants have had leases cancelled and land and improvements owned by the lessees sold by V/Line.
ROCHESTER shire councillors have expressed a need for a united approach to plans to push for aged hostel accommodation in the shire.
A committee from Lockington, as well as a Rochester committee have both been pursuing the matter.
Because of a series of problems, the Rochester committee was unable to make concrete moves for some time, during which the Lockington committee began work in earnest.
THERE will be a good opportunity soon for people to see the restoration work which has been carried out at the old Rochester Common School.
It will also be a good opportunity for people to become familiar with the workings of the Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society. The occasion is the society’s annual meeting, which is to be held on Thursday next week at the school.
■ 100 years ago
Saturday, August 18, 1917
MOST people seem to have lost faith in the constant recruiting efforts being made under the voluntary system, no matter how enthusiastic or forcible they may be. Certainly they have of late borne very little immediate results, but there appears good grounds for hope that the indirect results achieved have made efforts ‘‘worth while’’ Mr. H. T. Downe (president of the local Recruiting Committee), who presided at the open-air gathering on Tuesday night in front of the Shire Hall on the occasion of the visit of Military Memorial Band, announced that he had just put through three men, and hoped to enrol three or four additional recruits during the next three or four days.
THE British have captured.
Sir Douglas Haig reports:‘‘The Allies this morning again attacked on a wide front east and north of Ypres. Heavy fighting occurred, in which we progressed at all points, despite the stubborn resistance.’’
A FRENCH communique says: ‘‘In Belgium, after a violent and thorough artilery preparation, we attacked at dawn, in conjunction with the British army. Our infantry assaulted the enemy positions on both sides of the Steenstraete-Dixmude road, carrying all objectives.’’