Mildura Weekly : Friday December 12 Vol 9 No 6
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Colin Roy Beasley 1955 - 2014 an interest across areas that included and much more – especially sport pioneering our time powered four-door Monaro, and as John told mourners, police at one stage had more than a passing interest in a car fitting that description, after it was seen doing some serious burnouts through a Mildura intersection. Col dodged the police on that occasion, and didn’t drive his pride and joy back into town for a while, but his wife Karyn did, and was apparently quizzed several times by the boys in blue. Not surprisingly, she wasn’t able to help them with their inquiries. Col began his working life on the family farm, and also did some share farming. He and Karyn bought their Thur- la property in 1980, and de- veloped it in stages, working through droughts and other hardships. As John reported, one of the best years came in 1987, with a bumper crop on part of the property known as ‘The Slaughterhouse.’ That allowed them to build their dream home. It was a good move, as it was the only time that pad- dock produced a good crop. Over the years Col and Karyn raised their children Travis, Brad and Rebecca, who Col doted on (and later eight grand kids), building them billy carts, swing sets, sand pit digger, cubby house, various toys...and always encouraging them to help him build new structures, such as the unique (and heavy), steel Christmas tree. According to John, the kids’ only worry was that if the ‘tree’ fell over, it might kill them! Apart from family and farming, sport was Col’s big passion, and over the years he had an interest in flying with the local gliding club, tennis at Koorlong, football with Irymple, winning a club best and fairest and coming close to the league’s top award, and also a near lifetime involve- ment with Mildura Speedway Driver’s Club. Over his 31 years member- ship, on and off the track, Col was instrumental in having a chain mesh fence erected, in- stalling a concrete pole line, lighting and irrigation system upgrades, along with many other initiatives and improve- ments. Col was club president for two years, with his service recognised with a life mem- bership. Col’s need for speed, firstly with racing sedans and later sprint cars, saw him win many trophies around Austra- lia, including two State titles. He was also involved as crew chief for Darren Morgan’s top fuel drag racing team in an era that saw Darren win two of his four Australian titles. As a high achiever in a sporting life, it followed that Col was also successful in his working life at Thurla, chang- ing the face of dry land farm- ing to incorporate grain, sheep and cattle, then installing a 9km pipeline for horticulture pursuits, with the farm now capable of producing 3000 acres of irrigatable crops. John Whitelegg gave mourners a brief insight into the entrepreneurial powers of Col, who experimented with and was later able to grow large areas of wine grapes, avocados, almonds, olives, lu- cerne, various vegetables such as asparagus, onions, pump- kins and melons that were marketed into Woolworths and Coles, with as many as 100 staff helping out during busy periods. Never one to sit idle, Col broke new ground with ad- vanced irrigation trials, using recycled water to grow various grains, lucerne and hay. Then followed a feed lot for sheep, a vineyard contracting busi- ness with a staff of 20, grain harvesting operations that covered 50,000 hectares, a for- ay into a Mildura engineering business that was transferred to Thurla Farms, and in more recent years, development of a cod farming industry, an in- dustrial park that has already attracted five high-profile and successful companies, and continued work on a freight hub for the region. And Col always made sure he kept up to date with the qualifications needed for every aspect of Thurla’s devel- opment, completing courses that included agriculture and horticulture, rural business management and irrigation practices, with Col’s work practices subsequently be- ing recognised with various awards at State and national level. Col Beasley was a vision- ary taken well before his time. His final resting place is the Red Cliffs Lawn Cemetery, not far from Thurla, where he continually turned dreams into reality. • HANDS ON: Col Beasley led by example, and was always one of the first to get his hands dirty helping Darren Morgan and the crew work on the Top Fuel engines, and BOTTOM, as most people will remember him. SHIREFocus THE SHIRE ON TWO RIVERS Tel: (03) 5027 5027 | Fax: (03) 5027 5000 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org P. O. Box 81, Wentworth, N.S.W. 2648. (26-28 Adelaide Street) PETER KOZLOWSKI GENERAL MANAGER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ARRANGEMENTS Residents and ratepayers are advised that the Council offices will be closed from 5pm Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will re-open on Monday 5 January 2015. The Shire Depot will be closed from Wednesday 24 December 2014 and will re-open on Tuesday 27 January 2015. Garbage Collection Roadside garbage collection will be as normal over the Christmas / New Year period. Rubbish Tip & Landfill Hours All landfill and transfer stations within the Shire will operate as per their normal hours but will be closed on Christmas Day & New Years Day. Libraries Wentworth, Dareton and Buronga Libraries will be closed from 5:30pm Monday 22 December 2014 and will reopen on Friday 2 January 2015 at 10:30am. Visitor Information Centre Closed Christmas Day. Open 9am to 1pm on 26, 27 & 28 December 2014 and 1 January 2014. All other days are open as usual from 9:00am until 5:00pm. Emergency Telephone Number For all water, sewerage, rubbish tip hours, emergency dog matters, stray stock and cemetery emergencies, please call (03) 5027 5091 (Marshall Security). Road Closure Updates Hotline telephone number (03) 5027 5090 and website www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au will provide road closure updates. CHRISTMAS MESSAGE On behalf of Councillors and Staff of the Wentworth Shire Council, Mayor Don McKinnon and Mayoress Mrs Annette McKinnon would like to wish all residents and families in the Wentworth Shire a safe, happy and joyful Christmas. The Mayor and Mayoress would also like to wish all a prosperous and successful New Year, and will endeavor to continue to serve their communities with continued service and commitment. Mayor - Don McKinnon SUSPENSION OF ALCOHOL FREE ZONE Notice is hereby given that the Wentworth Shire Council has approved to suspend the alcohol free zone temporarily in Darling Street Wentworth between Sandwych Street and Adelaide Street for the event known as the Christmas Eve Street Party between the hours of 6.00pm – 12.00am on Tuesday 24th December 2014 for the event known as the Christmas Eve Street Party. A map of the area for which the suspended alcohol free zone will apply is available for viewing at Council Offices at 26 – 28 Adelaide Street Wentworth. FIREWORKS DISPLAY – FOTHERBY PARK WENTWORTH Residents and ratepayers are advised that there will be a fireworks display in Wentworth on the evening of Wednesday 24 December 2014 approximately between 9.00pm and 10.00pm. The fireworks will be staged at Fotherby Park in Wentworth as part of the Christmas Eve Street Party celebrations. Council wishes to advise ratepayers to consider the health and safety of their pets by ensuring they are secured in a safe environment, preferably inside the house so they can be supervised by their owners during the fireworks display. 28 JANUARY 2015 COUNCIL MEETING Residents and ratepayers are advised that the next Council meeting will be held on the 28 January 2015 to begin at 9.00am. Business papers will be available on our website or from Council Offices located at 26-28 Adelaide Street Wentworth. SHIRE FACILITATING DUMPING OF STORM RELATED DEBRIS AT LANDFILLS Wentworth Shire Council is currently facilitating the dumping of storm related debris into Shire operated waste facilities, as a result of storm damage. Tip opening times are detailed below. Wentworth Transfer Station Wednesday 8am - 4.45pm Friday 12.30pm - 4.45pm Sunday 9am - 4.45pm Dareton Transfer Station Tuesday 8am - 4.45pm Thursday 8am - 12pm Saturday 8am - 4.45pm Pomona Transfer Station Friday 8am - 12pm Buronga Landfill Monday - Friday 8am - 4.45pm Weekends 9am - 4.45pm Any charge for the dumping of storm related debris will be reviewed for reimbursement to the property owners. Property owners will be asked for address details at the gate. The process for dumping storm related debris will continue up until Sunday 21 December. If the debris removal is not possible until after 21 December on the designated opening times above, please contact the Shire Offices on 03 5027 5027. READ THROUGH THE SUMMER AND WIN GREAT PRIZES! Choose your own advebture this summer! Dodge danger, outwit your arch nemesis and journey beyond your wildest imagination with some of your favourite authors. Open to children from 3 - 15 Register now at your nearest library Reading adventure starts on December 1st and continues until January 24th 2015, followed by SRC prize draw parties For more information ring 5027 5060 Wentworth Shire Libraries PS RUBY CRUISES Saturday 20th December 2014 Basic Cruise – 2pm-3 .30pm $25 Champagne Christmas Cruise - 5pm-7pm $35, includes drinks and finger food. Celebrate the Christmas spirit by stepping back in time and cruising the Murray and Darling Rivers on this over 100 year old Paddlesteamer. Family and children’s tickets also available. DARETON TWILIGHT MARKET Friday 12th December 6pm-9pm, Tapio Street Dareton Market stalls, art display, face painting, children’s games, Santa, Christmas Carols, sausage sizzle. Further information telephone 5027 4647. COMMUNITY CAROL SINGING Sunday 14th December 6.30pm, Wentworth Town Hall, Adelaide Street, Wentworth Sausage sizzle, Christmas Carols, Bible readings. Everyone welcome. Further information telephone 5027 3580. WENTWORTH’S XMAS EVE STREET PARTY 6-9 .30pm, Darling St, presented by Rotary Club, Wentworth Meet up with family and friends for a fun filled night of games, activities, entertainment and refreshments. Santa will visit and the evening will conclude with Fireworks. EARLY CLOSURE Please be advised that the Wentworth Shire Council Office and Depot will be closing at 2.30pm on Friday 19 December for an all staff meeting. The Wentworth Library and Visitor Information Centre will be operating as normal. For all water, sewerage, rubbish tip hours, emergency animal control matters, stray stock and cemetery emergencies, please call 5027 5091 (Marshall Security).
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