Mildura Weekly : Friday March 7 2014 Vol 8 No 18
www.milduraweekly.com.au 8 Mildura Weekly – 07/03/14 HOGs to descend on Sunraysia MEMBERS of the Mallee Harley Owners Group chapter are gearing up for their biggest event of the year, with Mildura to host the 2014 HOG Victorian State Rally this weekend. To be held across the district, the Rally will see more than 520 HOG owners descend on the region. Last held in Mildura in 2006 – when close to 500 Harleys made their way to the region – Mildura residents – and local HOG enthusiasts – will have the chance to see visiting riders and their machines at Mildura’s Ornamental Lakes this Sunday between 10am and 2.30pm. Ornamental Lakes – namely Nowingi Place – will also mark the start of the group’s ‘Thun- der Run’ which will see participating riders travel from Mildura to Dareton via River Road (passing through Merbein along the way) be- fore returning to Mildura. The procession will leave Ornamental Lakes at 10.30am, arriving back at Nowingi Place at 11.30am. More information is available by contacting Dave Burrell on 0419 344 994. Firewood scarce IT’S firewood gathering season...no permit is needed...the only problem being that some sites are closed, others have restricted access, and a few are strictly for local residents only. And the only firewood collection site named locally is at Forest Bend near Red Cliffs. Traditionally, firewood collection areas in the Mildura, Merbein, Red Cliffs, Nangiloc- Colignan areas are usually picked clean within a weekend or two of firewood collection sea- son opening, so with the cutting out of some traditional collection points, it’s expected that firewood will be at a premium this winter. The collection season opened last Satur- day, and will remain open until June 30. People have been warned to only take wood that has been cut by the department. The felling of trees is prohibited, DEPI and Parks Victoria staff will be making regular pa- trols of various forests, and people doing the wrong thing are liable for on-the-spot fines of around $577, or if the matter goes to court, up to $7218, a year’s jail, or both. THE Mildura RSL has always been a keen supporter of the MASP Kokoda Track mentor- ing program, and last week it was time for MASP to give something back. The RSL is now in pos- session of a series of photo plaques, bearing the names of local service personnel who lost their lives during the Ko- koda campaign, and who now lay at rest in Bomana war cem- etery outside the PNG capital Port Moresby. “It is a small token of our appreciation for the support that we always get from Mil- dura RSL,” MASP’s Kokoda mentoring program co-ordi- nator Ken Innes said. “Every year for the past five years, RSL historian John Sear- le has given up his time to give MASP mentors and mentees an idea of what our Diggers went through on the Track in the Second World War. “He talks about the com- mitment - and often the sacri- fice - of local servicemen, and MASP thought it was time to show how much we appreci- ated the time and effort - and thought - that went into pass- ing this important part of our military history on to the young people of today.” Ken has maintained a close association with many of the mentors and mentees of the previous eight Kokoda treks, and last year asked the Mildura Weekly’s Mariah Sut- ton if she could locate a few names on the thousands of headstones at Bomana. Mariah knew only too well the significance of Bomana, having been a part of the MASP Kokoda mentoring pro- gram as a 16-year-old mentee in 2008. On her return journey last year, this time as a men- tor helping a young person find their way and reach some goals in life, Mariah was able to locate the graves of six lo- cal Diggers, and took a series of photographs that MASP had framed and mounted, com- plete with brass name plaques, for presentation to the RSL. It was a moving presenta- tion, carried out by Ken and Mariah after the RSL’s annual meeting last Sunday, and no- one appreciated the gesture more than long-serving RSL president Alex Ouchirenko, who described it as a wonder- ful gesture. The plaques will now form part of the war-time display of photographs, weaponry, uni- forms, paintings, books and other war-time memorabilia at the RSL, corner 10th Street and Madden Avenue. MASP Kokoda-RSL link recognised MILDURA is doing the ‘sisterly’ thing and help- ing its sister city in California celebrate its li- brary’s 100th birthday. Mildura and Upland are true sister cities – they share the same founding fathers, George and William Chaffey, along with the two cit- ies’ grid-like layouts, many street names and Chaffey brothers statues among numerous common features. The two cities also have streets named after each other. In Upland there is a Mildura Street, while Mildura features an Upland Drive. In the latest chapter in the two cities’ on- going sibling relationship, the City of Upland will create a Centennial Quilt made of panels created by community members to mark its li- brary’s centenary, and it will include two panels from Mildura. Organised by the Mildura/Upland Sister City Association, the two panels from Mildura are from the Association itself and the Chaffey Trail Reference Group. Designed and created by Mildura’s Helen Petschel, the panels, labelled the Chaffey Broth- ers Square and the Paddleboat Quilt Square were designed to be representative of the dis- trict. Helen says the Chaffey Brothers Square fo- cusses on Mildura and Upland’s founding fa- thers and depicts the open book that promoted Mildura to the world as an irrigation settlement in 1888, known as the Red Book. The panel also illustrates the rich horticul- tural industries that stemmed from this open book. The Paddleboat Quilt Square meanwhile was inspired by the journey many Upland visi- tors are taken on during their visits to Mildu- ra - a journey on the Murray River on board a paddleboat. Helen said her paddleboat creation was tak- en from a photo of the paddleboat Amphibious during the Paddle Steamer Melbourne’s cente- nary celebrations. It also depicts the red sand dunes and green irrigation crops common to the Mallee. The two 22cm x 22cm panels were mailed off last Friday in preparation for their inclusion on the centenary quilt. Once completed, the quilt will be on display at the Upland Public Library. Sister cities sew new chapter • The two panels that will be sewn into the Upland Library’s centenary quilt. • SEWN UP: Helen Petschel, who designed and created the two panels from Mildura, and Mildura/Upland Sister City Association secretary Lynette Lloyd. NSW Pool safety revamp SAVING the lives of young children by trying to prevent backyard drowning is behind legislative changes requiring the registration of pools and spas in NSW. The changes affect all homeown- ers and tourist operators with pools and spas, in- cluding landlords and those wanting to sell their properties. Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Don McK- innon said the changes to the Act mean that swimming pool owners are now required to reg- ister their swimming pool or spa on the NSW Department of Local Government Swimming Pool Register. From April 29, homeowners who sell their properties, and landlords renting out premises with a pool or spa, will be required to obtain a Pool Compliance Certificate, which is valid for three years. More information or help with registering a pool is available from Council on 03 5027 5027 or at: www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/council/poli- cies. 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