Throwback Thursday: November 22, 1984 | PHOTOS

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, November 22, 1984.

K-Mart leaps first hurdle

Murray Bridge council’s engineering, parks and riverfront committee has recommended approval of K-Mart’s application for a change of land use to permit development of a major shopping complex on the south-eastern corner of Adelaide and Maurice Roads.

The committee also recommended that council should adopt the general principles of Kinhill Stearns’ retail study report, supporting the proposal to establish a new commercial area outside Murray Bridge’s central business area.

Council has also been asked to negotiate with the Department of Lands, Lutheran Church, SA Housing Trust and other interested parties to find the best community or residential use for the former high school site.

What now for Oscar?

Twenty-one years of patient restoration work to refloat the Oscar W paddle steamer was only about two months short of completion when owner Captain Allan Moritz died last week.

His death at age 75 has cast a shadow of doubt over the vessel’s future – the only original paddle steamer left along the SA stretch of the Murray.

Allan’s son Steven said work would continue on restoring the vessel, but the family did not have the money to progress very quickly.

Final advice for runners

Organisers of the fifth annual Bridge Print Twin Bridges Fun Run have issued a final list of points for participants in Sunday’s run.

A record number of about 700 runners will take off from the bunyip at Sturt Reserve when Bridge Print manager Michael Hambidge fires the starting gun.

A pair of running shoes owned by champion marathon runner Robert de Castella are one of the prizes.

Local boys win at carnival

A team of 13 boys representing the Murraylands region had a very successful week at the SAPSASA country cricket carnival last week.

The boys, four from Murray Bridge primary schools and Mannum, Mypolonga and Tailem Bend, won all their four one-day games, the best a Murraylands team has done at country carnivals.

Coach Mr T Pointon said he was pleased every boy had played well every day.

Paul Heitmann and Roland Davis were selected in a combined country squad; Ben Muir was also extremely close to selection.

For sale

  • Cocktail shelving unit, $219 at Radio Electrix
  • Admission, $4 at Murray Bridge Drive-In
  • Forequarter lamb chops, $2.49/kg at Southside Village Butchers

This week in history

10 years ago: November 23, 2007

When the region heads to the polls tomorrow for the 2007 Federal Election, voters will have six candidates to choose from.

20 years ago: November 25, 1997

Two people suffered severe burns in an explosion late yesterday at Clipsal’s Murray Bridge factory.

40 years ago: November 24, 1977

Rubbish dumping on Sturt Reserve could give way to almost immediate large-scale development, following a District Council decision on Monday night.

80 years ago: November 26, 1937

A koala colony project on Long Island took a more concrete form thanks to interest from a visiting Victorian being escorted by the Tourist Bureau.