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Monday, 22 October 2012
News>Notes from the Loddon Shire - 22 October 2012
| Notes from the Loddon Shire - 22nd October 2012|
|Support grows for new bank |
Wedderburn and Korong Vale residents are closer to getting their own bank, but those same people have been urged to back the idea soon if they want it to eventuate.
Committee members of the Wedderburn & District Community Bank Project have been spreading the word around town, talking to residents about the potential benefits.
They have doorknocked in Wedderburn and Korong Vale, run a sausage sizzle outside Randall’s IGA, held stalls on Australia Day and at the Wedderburn Vintage Rally and hosted public meetings and are now planning a presence at this year’s Wedderburn Cup.
The board of the Inglewood and Districts Community Bank is also actively promoting the cause.
Committee member Jude Holt said that, at last count, 305 pledges had been received totalling $521,000.
“The target was 300 pledges and around $650,000 in working capital,” Mrs Holt said.
The other requirement is for $10 million worth of business, in deposits, loans and any other banking business.
“This is achievable and it’s getting close, but if you want to be part of the action, now is the time to do it,” Mrs Holt said.
“People may be worried about what’s involved in changing banks, but we would encourage them to contact a committee member, or Jon Champion at the Inglewood branch, to talk it over.”
Mr Champion can be contacted on 5438 3500. Pledge forms and information sheets are available at four outlets in Wedderburn – Randall’s supermarket, the newsagency, the Wedderburn Community House and Wedderburn Produce.
Free camping on offer
Planning on a camping holiday this summer? The good news announced by Loddon Shire just this week is that free camping will again be available on the Loddon River at Bridgewater.
Work is scheduled to start on the new $3.4 million Bridgewater Public Caravan Park next February, but, in the meantime, Council will open the site to the general public from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 3 February.
Toilets and shower facilities will be available and a supervisor will be on-site. For more details, ring Council on 5494 1200.
Visitor Guide released
The latest Official Visitor Guide for Loddon Shire will be unveiled during a function at the Blue Eucy Museum in Inglewood this Tuesday night (23 October).
The full-colour, 54-page booklet, which is revised every two years, will be launched by Mayor Cr Geoff Curnow with supporting comments from the City of Greater Bendigo’s Executive Manager, Tourism, Kathryn Mackenzie.
The publication will be made available at Loddon Shire Offices, the Loddon Visitor Information Centre and regional visitor centres in neighbouring shires.
Expo’s final call
The deadline for Loddon Shire businesses thinking of mounting displays at the Shire’s first-ever tourist expo in Melbourne next month is closing fast.
Potential exhibitors have until this Friday (26 October) to register their interest.
The Loddon Valley Tourism Expo – tagged "A Valley of Delights" – will be held on Thursday 15 November at the Mount Waverley Youth Centre in Mount Waverley.
The expo, from 10am to 5pm, will feature two formal presentations on the region, followed by questions and light refreshments.
Also on show will be samples of local products and services, plus information on points of interest and dining and accommodation options.
For more details, phone the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 1257.
Hundreds of visitors are expected to flood into Boort this weekend (27-28 October) for the 50thanniversary celebrations of the town’s Baptist Church.
People with connections to the church are coming from Melbourne, Bendigo, from interstate and even from the US.
Minister Stephen Field says the program will have four main features – a varied historical display in the church hall running over both days, hymn-singing on the Saturday night, a brief service at the James Boyle hall (the church’s first meeting place) on Sunday morning and a subsequent celebration service at Boort Memorial Hall.
Watch your letterbox
The Loddon Healthy Minds Network is starting a mail-out to every household in the Shire this week to make people aware of its aims and contact details.
The envelope contains a slip of paper and a fridge magnet with a short explanation of its purposes and key phone numbers.
For more information on the network, go to www.loddonhealthyminds.com.au
Alan’s bag of tricks
Magician and ventriloquist Alan Sloggett will be in Pyramid Hill next week to dazzle an audience of four-year-olds with his sleight of hand.
The veteran showman will perform his vaudeville-style repertoire of magic tricks, comedy, puppets, ventriloquism and juggling as part of Children’s Week celebrations in the Shire.
Alan’s one-hour show will be hosted by Pyramid Hill Pre-School at Pyramid Hill College next Tuesday (30 October) at 11am.
His audience will consist of all four-year-olds from the five pre-schools in the Loddon Kindergarten Cluster, along with their parents.
For more details on the event, please phone Sue Thomas on 5437 7999.