District volunteers who formed part of a strike team to fight bushfires near Portland last week have returned home.ELAINE COONEY January 16, 2013 4:40am
Members of the 2090 strike group from the Northern Campaspe (Firefighting) Group Ray Kilsby, Simon O'Callaghan, Colin Harris, Vaughn Thomas, Darren Cater, Tyson Williams and Ash Hind in Lockington after their return from firefighting near Portland.
A group of firefighters from the Northern Campaspe region formed a strike team which spent two nights fighting bushfires in Heywood near Portland last week.
Volunteers from Rochester, Lockington, Colbinabbin, Pyramid Hill, Torrumbarry, Echuca and Koondruck returned home on Friday afternoon knowing the fire was labelled ‘‘contained’’.
Twelve firefighters from the region went to help with the fire that destroyed 11,561 hectares of land.
More than 200 personnel, 25 tankers and 37 slip-ons were at the fire ground.
The Northern Campaspe group worked two night shifts on the fire’s back burn, clearing scrub and ensuring the fire did not cross roads.
Rochester firefighter Colin Harris said the strike team was careful not to allow the fire into dense bush as the area was swampy and would have been difficult to access.
Grahamvale Primary School had a special visitor for its Anzac Day assembly yesterday.
The Yarrawonga and District Cemetery Trust has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Department of Health to undertake development work at the Yarrawonga cemetery.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Echuca shearer Franky Atkinson has earned himself a return trip to New Zealand next year after an impressive run of performances in shearing competitions.
William Napier, whose remains lie in Rochester cemetery, received the Empire's highest honour for gallantry while fighting for the British army during the Indian Mutiny.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The Cancer Council Relay For Life fundraiser is a cause close to the hearts, and feet, of many district residents.
Redgum sculpture is carved at Thompsons Beach, Cobram.
Deniliquin Police ConFest Operation nets 76 drug detections.
Murray Goulburn has lifted its milk prices to about $6.66 kg milk solids.
Benalla's Joda Plex was named Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFEs student of the year at her graduation this month.
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