Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The oldest continuously run school regatta in the world will be taking place this weekend in Nagambie, expected to attract up to 20,000 people to the region.
The Associated Public Schools (APS) Heads of the River this year celebrates 150 years of friendly rivalry between 11 elite schools in Victoria, with the event originally starting with Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College.
Back in 1868, John C. Field (on behalf of Mr Morrison’s pupils at Scotch College) challenged Dr Bromby’s pupils at Melbourne Grammar School to a friendly oar gig race to be rowed from the Botanical Bridge to Edward’s Boathouse (Princes Bridge).
In June that year, Scotch won the race and since then the Heads of the River race was born and has been contested every year since.
Over the years, the competition has moved from the Yarra River to the Barwon River, and for the last 11 years, right here at Lake Nagambie.
This year the participating schools will be Brighton Grammar, Carey Grammar, Caulfield Grammar, Geelong College, Geelong Grammar, Haileybury, Melbourne Grammar, St Kevin’s College, Scotch College, Wesley College and Xavier College.
APS Sport executive officer Luke Soulos said the numbers have increased over the years.
"Heads of the River is the largest continuously run school regatta in the world," he said.
"It (rowing) is one of the four traditional core sports that help found APS (the other being Australian Football, cricket and athletics), so it’s good to know the event has stood the test of time for the last 150 years.
"It’s a fantastic feat in terms of historical significance, with the event making a significant impact to the local community wherever it is held."
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council was delighted to see the 150th Heads of the River once again being fiercely contested at the Lake Nagambie Regatta Centre this weekend.
"This significant milestone is linked beautifully with our Nagambie area, as next year marks 150 years since the establishment of the Nagambie township," she said.
"Lake Nagambie and the connecting Goulburn River, also fondly referred to as the River of Dreams, have produced many champions over the past 15 years, from Olympic rowers, to Gift runners and unbeaten racehorses.
"This is the place where dreams are made and we are pleased the APS Heads of the River continues to see Nagambie as the ideal venue for the 2017 event."
Amongst the almost 1500 athletes competing, students range from years 7 to 12 and will compete in 36 events on Saturday.
All the action starts at 9am with the Girls and Boys Second Eight events, ending with the Girls and Boys First Eight Head of the River final at 3.10 and 3.20pm respectively.
For more information, go to www.apssport.org.au or APS social media sites as well as APS Sport Executive Officer Luke Soulos on 0417 512 174.
March 15, 2017
A more refreshed and revamped Nagambie Library is now open to the public following significant funding from the State Government.
Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes, as well as Strathbogie Shire councillors, officially ‘opened’ the library on Wednesday, March 15 in front of local residents and key project stakeholders.
In 2016, Council received a $90,000 grant from the State Government’s Living Libraries Infrastructure Fund to upgrade and refresh a library which desperately needed a facelift.
This funding was announced at the unveiling of yet another new library in the Strathbogie Shire, that in Violet Town (also last year).
The $110,000 project, which includes $10,000 each from Council and Goulburn Valley Libraries, boasts a major refurbishment to improve both the exterior and interior of the library.
A more modern space with a smaller, fresher collection, as well as more seating options and expanded children’s and teen area is part of the completed project.
Library signage and gardening work has also been done to spruce up the building’s overall appearance.
An after-hours returns chute has been added to better improve customer options and service.
Additional computer desks, TV screen outlets and an automatic book scanner have also been included.
Mayor Amanda McClaren said this long awaited project is a must for the Nagambie region and one Council is immensely proud of.
"Goulburn Valley Libraries has done an outstanding job in revitalising three libraries in our Shire, with Euroa, Violet Town and now Nagambie having grown not only in size but also in character as true community hubs for residents," she said.
"This investment in our Shire shows there is potential to grow."
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
Cinema-goers are invited to a public meeting with Strathbogie Shire Council to discuss the option of giving the Euroa Community Cinema to the community to operate and manage.
A meeting on Wednesday (March 15) will aim to inform community members of the following:
• Public participation and community control allows the community to be engaged and empowered with the operational functions and direction of the Euroa Community Cinema.
• The proposal has been presented to the Euroa Community Cinema Operating Committee, exploring a number of different operating models.
• The community will manage the cinema as an incorporated entity, with elected positions such as President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer and various sub-committees focusing on film selection, ticketing, projection and more.
• Council will still own the cinema but complete operation and control lies with the community.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council looked forward to hearing the outcomes of the community meeting.
"This is a real opportunity for the cinema-goers, and broader community, to be empowered to run the cinema by the community, for the community," she said.
Based on feedback from the community meeting, a recommendation will be made to Council and if successful, an Expression of Interest for Committee positions process will commence.
Once this committee is assembled, training will begin, as will the official handover from Council.
To have your say on the proposed incorporation of the cinema, come to the Euroa Community Cinema on Wednesday, March 15 at 7pm on Bury Street, Euroa.
For more information, visit the cinema’s Facebook page or contact Inga Hamilton on 5795-0000.
CFA recommends permits to burn for agricultural purposes
Country Fire Authority District 22 Operations Manager Tony Owen has recommended to Strathbogie Shire Council that conditions are now suitable for the consideration of applications for permits to burn under Schedule 13 of the CFA Act.
This recommendation also applies to the Moira and Greater Shepparton areas.
Schedule 13 Permits for the burning of grass, stubble or vegetation may be issued for agricultural purposes from this week.
Burning off grass, stubble, weeds, undergrowth or other vegetation during the Fire Danger Period is permitted only if the land holder has a written permit issued by the Municipal Fire Prevention Officer, a Fire Prevention Officer of a public authority or by the CFA District 22 office.
A permit is only valid if all conditions are followed, including light up times, notifications, weather conditions and required means of extinguishment.
Before burning off: