Residents and visitors were out and about across the district for New Year's Eve celebrations on Monday night.BRONWYN BEYERS January 2, 2013 4:23am
Heathcote has welcomed in the New Year in fine style, with plenty of residents and visitors getting out and about across the district in the warm weather.
Many took advantage of New Year’s Eve falling on a Monday by having a long weekend, so the party started early with private functions at many of the district’s restaurants, pubs and cafes, as well as family barbecue and picnics in Barrack Reserve and along the banks of McIvor Creek.
The Warren family of Melbourne stopped at Barrack Reserve on their way to Echuca to join family for New Year’s Eve celebrations and were surprised by the activity in the town.
‘‘We’ve been travelling up to Echuca every year for about 10 years now and we’ve never seen (Heathcote) so busy,’’ Mr Warren said.
‘‘We usually stop here for lunch on our way up, especially when the weather’s good, and it’s lovely seeing so many people enjoying the town and the park.’’
The partying continued well into the evening with some choosing the quieter option of a five course New Year’s Eve dinner at the new Willow Room in High St, while others were up for a big night of music and dancing at the Union Hotel.
Jenny and George Bevan of Melbourne were at the Union Hotel with friends and said it was the first time they’d been to Heathcote and were having a ball.
‘‘Our friends tell us it can be hard to get people to come in to town at night because of the kangaroos and they don’t want to drink and drive,’’ Mrs Bevan said.
‘‘Lucky we’re staying in town, so we can walk home, but there are still plenty of people here and we’re having a great time.
‘‘We also visited some of the cellar doors today and I think we’re taking home a little more of Heathcote than we intended to, but I can promise you we’re going to enjoy it.
‘‘It’s a beautiful night, with great music and friendly people, so we’re glad we came.’’
Budding football and netball players were kicking and shooting goals on and off the field and court at Shepparton United's annual school holiday clinic.
With Dookie sitting fourth on the ladder the Bears expected a hard contest on their home deck and when they kicked the first two goals it was game on.
Tatura Community House held its annual High Tea fundraiser at the facility on Tuesday, with a full-house present to enjoy a sumptuous morning tea, good conversation and relaxing time together.
If you ask Bill and Merle Harriss what they remember about their wedding day, the answer you get is an unusual one.
It is official, Rochester has a Red Hat Society.
Ky export gets first Navy Blues win.
Iconic building getting anew lease of life.
A beauty pamper day has raised a whopping $18k to assist local lady Terri Bevan with her ongoing medical costs associated with her brain tumour
The time has arrived for the district’s good Samaritans to donate their unwanted shoe boxes to the annual Samaritans’ Purse gift box program.
Moira Shire Council has adopted its 2015-16 budget, but perceived unfairness in the allocation of funding meant it was not passed unanimously.
An exciting three-hole playoff saw Virginia Lange take a narrow win in the Deniliquin Ladies Golf Championship last Thursday.
The G-MW Murray gravity irrigation system has received 35 per cent and the Goulburn system 42 per cent of allocation from July 1.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.