District volunteers who formed part of a strike team to fight bushfires near Portland last week have returned home.By Elaine Cooney
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.
A Shepparton bus service that takes nightclub patrons home safely is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operation this weekend.
It’s been a long journey for Tim Roadley but his dream of creating a multi-sport endurance event on the Murray River is now going to be a reality.
It was a big day for Jye McNeil on Sunday, not only celebrating his 19th birthday, but riding a double at the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club’s meeting, including the big one, the Vraca and Varapodio Italian Plate (1600 m), on the Gerald Egan-trained Jetconi.
Moama's Shirley Durrant has been wowing district pudding eaters for the past 23 years with her Christmas delights.
On Friday Rochester’s St Joseph’s Primary School opened a time capsule which was buried in the 1980s.
Waste collection in Campaspe Shire will change for two weeks during the festive season.
Valley Park Farms' egg production facility is expected to increase production and staff after a $100 000 Victorian Government grant.
Murchison’s Jane Spencer’s first exhibition It Just Dawned On Me will be on show in Shepparton in the first half of next year.
Lisa Milligan has started a new dog grooming business in Heathcote to help fund her Wild ABout Wildlife centre in Kilmore.
A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley says plans are in the works on how to get natural gas to Deniliquin.
New Transport Accident Commission research has revealed why some young country drivers habitually take risks on regional roads.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Parks Victoria and Country Fire Authority will be performing planned burns in Goomalibee on Monday.
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