Tuesday, May 28, 2024


History & heritage

Maldon’s living treasures

As part of a Connecting Country event held last Sunday, Mulga Urban Landcare (MULGA) Secretary Bev Phillips took a group of Landcare colleagues on a tour of some of Maldon’s oldest trees. This included trees located at the Bill Woodfull Recreation Reserve, the Police Reserve and Maldon Primary School.

Pride of Toowoomba hits the rails

After many years of planning by DownsSteam, the engine "Pride of Toowoomba" made its first official trip to and from Wyreema on Saturday morning. After waiting for many years, steam train fans were not going to miss out on the chance to ride the rails aboard carriages hauled by the refurbished "Pride of Toowoomba" ...

Air Force pilot returns to where it all began

FLTLT Kristi Adam. The tiny town of Nhill in the Wimmera region of far west Victoria, was once home to Executive Officer of 100 Squadron, Squadron Leader Samuel da Graca Costa, who recently returned representing Air Force at the Nhill Air Show - flying the CA-25 Winjeel.

Join Nhill’s historic silo project

No-one ever said preserving and restoring a silo complex would be easy. A passionate group of volunteers is working hard towards this goal, spending dozens of hours every month fixing floorboards, replacing rotting wooden posts, and applying for grants.

Mine mission – Moonta Mines incident under investigation

Sarah Herrmann. With a crucial bid looming to have our unique Moonta Mines precinct World Heritage Listed, more work is needed to improve the safety of the site. Safework SA inspectors have visited Hughes Enginehouse in Moonta Mines as part of ongoing inquiries into an incident that occurred earlier this month.

Chuffed with J’s return home!

The excitement was getting a little too much at times. Not only for the team at Victorian Goldfields Railway (VGR) but also for locomotive J549 (J) ... And last Saturday at 12.30pm, an excited driver Paul McDonald brought J home to Maldon, with around 90 passengers equally excited to be part of the ‘chuff-chuff, woo-wooo’ journey.

Free farm machinery display this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, John Reis and Steaming on the Downs are presenting their spectacular vintage and steam-driven farm machinery on-farm exhibition at Lilydale, near Meringandan. More than fifty working machines, plus bush poetry, camp oven damper-making and a sausage sizzle are just some of the attractions.

50 year anniversary – Leeor A Grade

This past weekend, Kaniva Leeor United (KLU) hosted the Leeor Premiership reunion of the 1974 A Grade team. The event, held during KLU’s home game against Pimpinio, drew a large crowd of supporters, including former players and officials from the victorious 1974 team.

Wycheproof locals win Landcare Awards

The late Mr Mervyn John was announced as an inductee to the Buloke and Northern Grampians Landcare Group’s “Hall of Fame” last month. He was nominated by the “Friends of Mount Wycheproof” and was one of 30 nominations (12 were successful) ... Before the days of "Landcare" he was a foundation member of the "Southern Mallee Trees on Farm Group".

We love Snowtown

Wilson McShane. Snowtown residents say recent speculation about changing the town’s name has been blown out of proportion and the name is here to stay for the foreseeable future ... Snowtown Progress Association chair Derryn Stringer ... said last week his initial comments about Snowtown considering changing its name had been blown out of proportion.

Cast and council take a bow in refurbished hall

Improvements at the Kyogle Memorial Institute were finished just in time for the latest production by Village Hall Players. 37 Postcards still has performances this week...

Recognition 70 years in the making

He was only 19 when he enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) ... Now aged 91 and living at Whiddon Grafton, lifelong Clarence Valley resident Samuel Darke was finally recognised for his contributions during his country’s war history on April 24 when Member for Clarence Richie Williamson presented him with the Nuclear Test Medal ...

Price control: Comment by Oscar Tamsen

Oscar Tamsen. We consumers throughout Australia are currently being swamped by multiple discussions over our current serious inflation levels, the mounting cost of living and the way certain commercial, financial and other interests are blatantly over-charging for their goods and services. As a journalist with an Economics background, may I suggest that the time has probably arrived for us to consider employing price controls...

A clip above the rest: Unveiling Australia’s shearing heritage at Shear Outback

Hay, New South Wales, is a small town basks in the golden glow of the outback summer sun. It is a community whose history is deeply intertwined with the iconic figure of the Australian shearer. Here, amidst the vast sheep stations and dusty plains, lies Shear Outback...

The trees of Birchip – and tales they could tell

Maureen Donnellon. Do you notice trees and wonder about their history, as I do? Trees can tell us so much about the early settlers, early buildings, the little schools, former church and hall sites, where the original homes were, the sites of the oldest houses, where the birds nest, the best shade ... Birchip has many significant trees in and around the district ...

An honour . . .

Member for Mildura, Jade Benham, recently embarked on a moving journey to Villers-Bretonneux to pay respects on Anzac Day and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the twinning with Robinvale. 

Moving ANZAC Day service

A moving Anzac Day dawn service was held in Naracoorte to remember fallen soldiers and service people on April 26. Mayor Patrick Ross described the service as "amazing”.

Special Anzac service at Goomburra

This year the Goomburra Town Hall recently constructed Memorial Garden was the nucleus for the Anzac Day Service. Although numbers were small it was a touching service presented by Jenny Newton and Mary-Lou Gittins OAM.

ANZAC Day in Allora – 25 April 2024

99 year old Veteran Des Donovan received a surprise visit by his niece Kerrie and nephews Maurice and Peter Donovan. An extra treat for Des was a greeting from a very friendly and nosey horse from the Darling Downs Eleventh Light Horse Regiment.

Stop press

Mark Blythe. In the best Melbourne Truth fashion, grab ‘em with a killer headline, then let them down slowly. What really happened was, as usual on the weekend of the All British Rally, Maldon was chuffed to have its annual ‘impromptu bike show’. 

Anzac Day at Nuggetty

It was early in the afternoon of Anzac Day last week. Under a cloudy sky a crowd of 60 or more gathered around the Peace Cairn at Nuggetty for a unique commemoration service.

Is Robbs coming back to rob WA farmers?

Robbs coming back to rob you, that’s Robbs jetty for those who weren’t born long enough ago to recall the smell of rotting hides at Cockburn. Those born even longer ago will recall the endless strife of the WA state-run meatworks that were a bastion of union bastardry. Why are they coming back? Well, the Federal government has committed Australia to borrowing billions of dollars off countries that are not handicapping themselves with mad Green left anti-fossil fuel regulations (think China and the Middle East) to invest in the Future Made in Australia program.

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