Throwback Thursday: November 5, 2003

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, November 5, 2003.

Mypo Institute turns 75

Mypolonga celebrated in style at a concert on Friday night at a concert marking the community hall’s 75th anniversary.

The event raised $185 towards hall maintenance.

Those who attended were entertained by performers from across the region, including local singing group the Cousins, which consisted of five young girls from the Hughes families, originally from Mypolonga.

Secretary-treasurer Tom Haywood said the hall had come a long way since the Mypolonga community bought the original railway storeroom in 1920.

Karoonda bans bags

Karoonda East Murray District Council has set a precedent for councils across the state by deciding to phase out plastic bags.

The move comes after Minister for Environment John Hill appealed to councils in September to become plastic bag free.

Karoonda Welcome Mart manager Paul Mumford is one of about three Karoonda businesses which will be asked to stop using plastic bags and said he had “no problem” with the request.

He said the store had already reduced bag usage by one third in the past six months by offering environmentally friendly calico bags.

The Rural City of Murray Bridge council, however, has said it would be “too hard” to ask local business owners to stop using the bags.

Tailem railway station set for new role

The Tailem Bend Railway Station will soon house the Murray Mallee Community Transport Scheme (MMCTS) and the Tailem Bend Visitor Information Centre.

MMCTS coordinator Peter Milson said he was excited about moving into the building and it would definitely be good for business and for the town.

Mayhem on the Murray

Water skiers travelling at more than 160 kilometres per hour set off from Sturt Reserve for the Murray Mayhem and Bridge 110 competitions on the weekend.

Ski Racing South Australia president Les Obst said Murray Bridge had been the stage for an Australian-first concept of racing.

“It is similar to velodrome sprint bike racing where the skiers do a full lap,” he said.

“Murray Bridge is probably the only venue in Australia where you can do that and it brought in a lot of positive comments.”

Murray Bridge was represented with the Massey Machine crew of local skier Shelley Obst and Victorian partner Bridie Anderson, driver Les Obst and observer Lyndal Obst.

Mechanical failure forced the team to withdraw.

This week in history

10 Years Ago: November 2, 2007

After years of anticipation, Murray bridge teenagers like Jayd Van Der Meer and Trent Prosser are excited that construction of the Murray Bridge skate park has started. 

20 Years Ago: November 4, 1997

Torrential rains and ferocious winds rocked Murray Bridge on Friday in a severe statewide storm that challenged emergency services. 

40 Years Ago: November 3, 1977

Mr Alan Moritz has run out of funds to complete his dream of finishing the Oscar W project.

80 Years Ago: November 5, 1937

Charles Baker was picked up in an unconscious condition near the river at Ponde last Saturday afternoon – and could not recall what had happened to him.