District fire brigades remain on alert with peak summer still approaching.BRONWYN BEYERS January 23, 2013 4:34am
District fire brigades and residents have remained on alert over the past week with major fire activity in the area.
On Thursday, Heathcote and Knowsley fire brigades were called to a grassfire on the McIvor Hwy at Knowsley believed to have been caused by a broken down car on the side of the road.
On Saturday units were called out to vehicle fires at Kimbolton and Argyle, while on Sunday Heathcote Fire Brigade was also called out to remove a tree that had fallen across the McIvor Hwy just past the Northern Hwy turn off.
Smoke haze from fires in Wallan and Dunolly prompted a number of false alarms, with alert residents reporting smoke sightings to the CFA bushfire hotline.
Heathcote CFA volunteer Carl Watkins said the fire brigade was pleased with the response from residents and visitors who had been dropping in to the fire station to get more information on fire activity.
Hot, dry conditions are expected to continue leading into February, historically the hottest month of the year, prompting the CFA to advise district residents to make sure they have their fire plans prepared and remain on the alert.
Nathalia Secondary College principal John Sciacca will speak at Cool Heads tomorrow night about the night he came across the crash that killed Year 10 student Jess Hearn.
In a surprise announcement this morning the Burramine Sports Club has said there will be no Burramine Gift in 2015.
The Tatura and district Catholic community will celebrate the 51st staging of the Feast of St Donato on Saturday, August 2.
More than $30,000 was raised for the James McQuillan Future Fund through a nearest the pin competition at Moama Recreation Reserve on Saturday.
Shavanna Coghill, Harvey Keating, Nate MacFarlane and Holly Scoble were among children who enjoyed the first community playgroup in Rochester on Monday.
Lancaster Football Netball Club makes all families welcome.
St Mary's College staff member Rhonda Tallnash declared Queensland bush poet female champion.
Jerilderie thumped Yarroweyah by 185 points on Saturday with star forward Aaron Purcell leading the charge.
Heathcote landfill is open until Sunday for the free disposal of e-waste.
Barooga Lions Club's stalwart of deb balls calls it a day after 17 years of service.
The Deniliquin Wetlands Restoration Community Project has restored the balance to the Deniliquin lagoon system.
Tackling salinity in the Goulburn-Broken basin was a key element of a presentation made to an international forum in the United States last month.
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