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The Riv looks back at the top online stories of 2012

The Riv has compiled a list of some of the most viewed, shared and liked online stories of 2012.

December 31, 2012 12:40pm

A story about Lockington's Rohan and Kirsty Chugg was the most viewed online story of the year.

Here are this year’s top 5 most viewed articles:

1. Lockington family’s fight for young mum 


Grandparents Lois and Frank Chugg and Sue Glanville with grandson Lachlan and Kirsty.


On July 24, the Riverine Herald shared the story of Lockington mum Kirsty Chugg, who was in a catatonic state from a rare condition, autoimmune limbic encephalitis.

Kirsty was pregnant with her son Lachlan when she became delusional and began suffering convulsions. She was put in an induced coma in hospital and Lachlan was born eight weeks premature by caesarean.

Kirsty remained in a catatonic state after the birth and her husband Rohan would bring Lachlan into her room every day so he could lie on her chest.

‘‘I am confident Kirsty knows there’s a baby, I am just not 100 per cent sure she knows it’s hers,’’ Rohan said.

Kirsty is now in the brain injury ward of the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne.

2. One dead in Echuca train crash 

Train crash in Ogilvie Ave, Echuca

The Ogilvie Ave train crossing in Echuca.

A woman was killed after being hit by a train in Echuca on June 4.

Police say the woman, 45, from Echuca, was walking along Ogilvie Ave shortly before 10.30am when she was struck by the freight train.

Witnesses told police the woman was walking towards the direction of Bunnings Warehouse and wearing headphones.

3. Victoria-wide diesel shortage

Diesel shortage

District residents reliant on diesel were thrown in turmoil after production plants at Shell's refinery in Geelong were shut down in early December.

The Riverine Herald was one of the first news websites in the region to report on the statewide diesel shortage on December 7.

Echuca hay contractor, harvester and laserer Steve McKee said only a few outlets in Echuca still had the fuel and Bendigo had almost completely run out.

‘‘It’s going to make things very hard,’’ Mr McKee said.

4. Toddler’s death not an accident 

Brad Bannister, the father of Echuca toddler Angela Bannister, leaves coroners' court.

Brad Bannister, the father of Echuca toddler Angela Bannister, leaves coroners' court.

On July 5, a coroner found the death of Echuca toddler Angela Bannister was caused by her mother and her mother’s partner.

The 23-month-old died in 2008 from horrific injuries caused by her mother Tania Walker, her mother’s partner Daniel Simmons, or both acting together. Ms Walker and Mr Simmons originally claimed Angela’s death came the day after she was allegedly attacked by a dog outside the former Go-Lo store in Echuca.

5. Banksia placed in receivership 


Banskia Securities Limited branch in Echuca.

The Riverine Herald was the first to report on the collapse of Banksia Securities Limited when it was placed into receivership on October 25.

The collapse has affected hundreds of local investors around the region.


See today's print edition for the full top 10 list of online stories.



Readers of the Riverine Herald took to Facebook in droves in 2012 to share opinions on stories and their experiences.

Here are the top five most liked, most shared and most commented on stories for the year:

Most ‘liked’ stories

1. 46 likes: Echuca-Moama bridge crash results in delays, posted November 13.

2. 30 likes: Dr Claire Goodman awarded, posted November 27.

3. 26 likes: One and All Inclusion Program deb ball pointer, posted October 18.

4. 24 likes: Ollie Wines drafted, posted November 22.

5. 23 likes: Lockington couple Kirsty and Rohan Chugg’s heartwrending battle, posted July 24.


Most shared stories

1. 54 shares: Kirsty and Rohan Chugg, posted July 24.

2. 17 shares: Grassfire on Echuca-Nanneella Rd, posted December 1.

3. 15 shares:- Fatal stabbing in Echuca, posted May 26.

4. 12 shares: Echuca-Moama bridge crash results in delays, posted November 13.

5. 11 shares Tongala mother Bonita Koch urges support for Very Special Kids Charity, posted September 20.


Most commented stories

1. 99 comments: Closure of Carters of Echuca, posted September 12.

2. 33 comments: Echuca-Moama bridge crash results in delays, posted November 13.

3. 21 comments: Unsuccessful candidate vents spleen at official poll declaration, posted October 31.

4. 18 comments: Questions for Echuca Ward candidates, posted October 12.

5. 16 comments (tie): Bridge climbers, posted December 13; and the car parking issue, posted August 14.

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