Mildura Weekly : Friday January 16 Vol 9 No 10 2015
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2015 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU Which river park will you visit? • From previous page He acknowledged the distance of the Hat- tah-Kulkyne and Murray-Sunset National Parks from the larger population areas, like Mel- bourne, made them attractive for those “willing to go the extra mile.” “But, there is nothing better for your wellbe- ing than getting out and enjoying the best that nature has to offer,“ David said but tempered his remarks with a caution. “Local rangers will be out and about encour- aging visitors to behave in a safe and respectful manner,” he said. “Parks Victoria and DEPI staff will be pa- trolling parks and reserves frequently to ensure people have a safe and enjoyable visit and park facilities and the environment are protected. “With a busy fire season predicted, we will be monitoring campfire safety and taking a no tolerance approach to visitors displaying unsafe behaviour.” No fires are permitted on a day of total fire ban and visitors are advised that State Forests and National Parks will be closed on Code Red Days. More information about fire safety can be accessed by visiting DEPI - Campfires and bar- beques. “We want everyone to enjoy the magnificent River Red Gum Parks and reserves this summer and hope to reduce some of the regular issues that arise such as littering, off-track motorcy- cling and four wheel driving and unattended campfires. These types of behaviours ruin the experience for everybody, and can damage the park environment. We’ll be doing our best to ensure these activities are kept to a minimum,” he said. Visitors are encouraged to report any unsafe or anti-social behaviour to Parks Victoria on 13 19 63, or to contact the local police. For more information visit www.parks.vic. gov.au or contact Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 19 63. IT won’t quite be the ‘race that stops a nation,’ but tomorrow’s first – and only – Merbein Channel Duck Race is certainly causing a stir in the town of Merbein. A joint initiative of Lower Murray Water and Merbein District Historical Society, the race aims to commemorate the iconic Merbein Channel – which has delivered water to the Merbein district for more than a century. So iconic is the Channel, you would be hard-pressed to find a Merbein resident who doesn’t boast memories of it from back in its ‘hey day,’ with not all memories connected to the supply of irrigation water. Generations of Merbein locals have been yabbying and swimming in the Channel, with many more boasting memories of being raised on milk from cows that lived on sections of the Channel bank leased from the State Rivers and Water Sup- ply Commission. There also wouldn’t be too many Merbein residents who haven’t enjoyed a meal of as- paragus gathered from the Channel bank. The Channel is set to be decommissioned as part of the $103m Sunraysia Modernisa- tion Project – with work al- ready underway – and will be replaced with a 7.5km long pipeline from the River at Pump Hill to 7th Street, Mer- bein, with the Duck Race being held as a way to ‘see off’ the iconic stretch of water accord- ing to Merbein District Histori- cal Society member, and Duck Race co-ordinator, Richard Wells, ABOVE. “While a lot of people in the community are sad to see the Channel go, we thought what better way to see it off then by hosting this Duck Race,” he said. “There’s never been a race like this in the district let alone on the Merbein Channel, and I think generally people are looking forward to it. “It’s going to be a lot of fun for all involved, and at the same time the race will give people a chance to share their memories of the Channel, and learn more about its history.” Running from 10am to 11am, the race will get under- way at the top of Pump Hill, and will finish at the Reilly Street bridge. Competing ‘ducks’ will travel approximately 200 me- tres, with Lower Murray Water Customer Relations Officer, Leesa Merrett, PICTURED, say- ing the event has sparked a lot interest within the community. “We so far have more than 1100 ducks ready to compete,” she said. “Each duck will be available as a keepsake for those who are entering the race, and hopefully between now and race time we will have a few more. “There will also be some static displays of the new pipe- line going in to replace the Merbein Channel, with the Historical Society to also have some information about the Channel’s history on hand for those interested.” Tickets for the Merbein Channel Duck Race are avail- able from Merbein Fishers IGA, Merbein and District Commu- nity Bank and Lower Murray Water for $5, and will also be available from 9am tomorrow at the start line. “The community have shown great interest in the event, with almost half the tickets already sold,” Richard said. Great prizes are on offer for the first three place-getters, with Fishers IGA donating a $1000 voucher for first prize. Merbein businesses have also been supportive of the event, donating numerous prizes, with any money raised to go toward future MDHS his- torical community projects. A barbecue breakfast and drinks will also be on offer, with more information avail- able by contacting Leesa on 5051 3400, or Richard on 0429 437 726. Merbein Duck Race to honour ‘iconic’ channel DAHLSENS MILDURA 973–1029 Benetook Avenue 3502 Ph: (03) 5023 1111 email@example.com We’ve brought some excitement to the Fasteners offer in Mildura. We ’ve brought you BREMICK! Look out for our Back to Work promotion, starting soon. Ask in store! 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