History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of, Mending the Goulburn Broken, in Shepparton last week.CATHY WALKER September 2, 2014 3:05am
History is recorded to inspire the next generation, author John Northage said at the launch of Mending the Goulburn Broken in Shepparton last week.
His documentation of the story of salinity campaigner John Dainton and his achievements in the catchment took persistence and several years to put together.
‘‘We Australians make a great success of hiding our light under a bushel,’’ said Mr Northage, who believed this was a story that deserved to be told.
Mr Northage, a retired civil servant now based in Cairns, was prominent in natural resource management.
He reiterated the persistence theme in describing Mr Dainton.
‘‘He was a great champion of his region,’’ Mr Northage said.
In the book he wrote: ‘‘One of the fundamentals and encouragements to be drawn from the Goulburn Broken story is that ordinary people can make a difference — a big difference — when they have down-to-earth abilities, a practical vision, integrity and real commitment.’’
Water Minister Peter Walsh launched Mending the Goulburn Broken on Wednesday, cutting the ribbon on a box of books with Mr Dainton, who said he’d had the odd run-in with water ministers, but was pleased Mr Walsh had agreed to officiate.
Mr Dainton said the campaign to raise awareness of the ‘‘underground flood’’ (rising water tables) and the threat of salinity that it posed included dealing with six government agencies and 24 local governments that all acted as silos rather than joining together in a common task.
But, he said, if you gave the community the knowledge, they would support the science.
‘‘Systems make things possible, but it’s people who make things happen,’’ Mr Dainton said.
Greater Shepparton City Mayor Dinny Adem fears extra rail service link could be a coach instead of a train.
Planning for the replacement of the Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge will be helped along with $625,000 in Victorian Government funding announced in the 2016/2017 budget.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
A WORKING group has been formed to tackle Moama’s housing problems.
ROCHESTER’S mums and bubs fitness class is only in its third week but it has already doubled its enrolment numbers, blowing organisers’ expectations out of the water.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Business in running for award
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
A week after winning a prestigious Rotary award, Cobram resident Keith Parry still can’t wipe the smile off his face.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
ix industry and local government representatives, five water services committee members and two community members have been appointed to the new Connections Stakeholder Consultative Committee.
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