Mathoura Diary: COVID virtual reprieve
Thanks to former local woman, Lorraine Hughes, who gave locals some respite from COVID issues this week.
Lorraine has posted a series of Youtube videos featuring students from Mathoura Public School in the 1980s and their principal Chris Diercke.
Part of a Country Areas program, the video is titled “The Man and the River” and focuses on camping safety – campfires, canoeing, orienteering, swimming, fishing, walking in the bush and other activities, including washing up.
It was great to step back in time and see the participants, now adults with their own children (and at least one with grandchildren), enjoying the time in the forest that was their legacy.
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Congratulations to Danny Wardlaw, winner of the Mathoura Bowling Club footy tipping contest. Danny scored 131 points in the annual competition to win the top prize of $ 1,000. There was a three-way tie for second, with William Brander, Wayne Hayes and Lindsay Vallance all registering 128 wins. They each received $ 200.
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Mathoura’s future looks brighter with the Murray River Council studying a report on the city’s future residential development.
The report covered the feasibility of developing and subdividing the land owned by the council bounded by the Cobb Expressway, Jones Street and Mathoura Street at the southern entrance to the city.
Mayor Chris Bilkey said that since Mathoura is centrally located between Echuca and Deniliquin, it makes sense to properly plan for future development and encourage the township’s growth in the near future.
He said the original layout offered 21 lots, ranging from 663m2 at 1111m2 and on average 945m2.
The next step will be to conduct a more detailed analysis of the business and real estate market for consideration by the board.
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The organizers of the Mathoura Speed Shear Competition are the latest local group forced to cancel their annual event.
They held out for as long as they could in an effort to see the event return this year.
However, there is now no way he can move forward. Hope he comes back next year bigger and better than before.
In the meantime, the group thanked the Murray River Council for their support through community grants, which allowed them to improve mowing support.
This will make it easier for future events to unfold.
New barriers for the portable sheep loading ramp were also installed, as well as new steps to the support and stabilization of the mower support legs.
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Thirty local and district businesses have joined forces to support Mathoura Preschool in her latest fundraising operation.
They donated goods and services to a mega raffle – a great incentive, which, unlike many other fundraising businesses, will not be affected by COVID.
The donor award lineup includes accommodation facilities, photography, mechanics, catering, beauty and transportation services.
Raffle tickets can be purchased from preschools and local businesses.
The draw will take place on October 9.
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The season is over for the Picola and District Football Netball League.
Unfortunately, this prevented the clubs from enjoying the thrill of the final competition.
However, as they say, tomorrow (or next year) will bring new opportunities to make those dreams come true.
Our local club must have taken him on the chin, but they didn’t put their gear away and signed another season without acknowledging the support from a range of people.
The club sent its thanks to everyone who volunteered in any way, coaches, team managers, runners, scorers, timekeepers, rescuers, canteen helpers, those at the gate and at the bar.
He urges everyone to say safety and looks forward to seeing them again next year.