Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, 1980: Peter Lewis shot | PHOTOS

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, April 10, 1980.

Big reaction to shooting of MP

The three shotgun blasts aimed at Member for Mallee Mr Peter Lewis, on his Tailem Bend property on Good Friday, have echoed around the electorate and beyond.

Mr Lewis is one of five property owners near the Westbrook ski site who’ve agreed not to permit shooters on their land.

Arriving home from Adelaide late Friday afternoon, Mr Lewis heard shots being fired from the swamp area.

Mr Lewis headed for the man’s dinghy to talk to him at close quarters, said he owned the swamp and neither he nor anyone else had given permission to shoot there.

The man then asked Mr Lewis what he was going to do about it.

After being asked to leave the man allegedly told Mr Lewis “if you don’t p*** off, I’ll shoot you” and, an estimated three seconds later, fired.

Although the first shot hit Mr Lewis, the pellets failed to penetrate; the second went into the air; the third required medical attention and X-rays to locate and remove all the pellets.

Fuel ‘war’ on again

The number of Murray Bridge service stations offering discounted petrol has almost doubled in the past week.

Pump prices have been slashed by up to three cents a litre.

Service station owners who, until now, had not cut prices while hoping for an end to the discounting, have begun advertising super-grade fuel at 34.9 cents a litre.

Aust. title

A Murray Bridge country-style show band, formed only eight months ago, won one Australian title and took out a number of prizes at the National Aboriginal Country Music Festival, staged in Melbourne during Easter.

The band, Country Freedom, comprises lead vocalist Les Sumner, who won the national title for songwriter and composer; lead guitarist Bill Wilson; Trevor Denton (bass) and Lenny Alwood (drums).

Local onions exported

At Mypolonga, the local Co-operative Society, long known for its citrus-packing and export activities, last Wednesday loaded its first container of onions for export.

The Co-op began packing and marketing onions about three years ago, in response to an approach from growers.

Although last month’s shipment, which is now on its way to Penang, in Malaysia, is only 100 tonnes, compared with an anticipated pack of 1000 tonnes this year, Co-op manager Mr Kevin Prosser hopes it will be the forerunner of many more.

$30,000 revamp at footy club

Imperial Football Club is planning on spending about $30,000 to upgrade its clubrooms and oval lighting.

Plans call for an extensive upgrading of the kitchen; both toilets will be increased in size; and training conditions will be improved with the installation of two new 17-metre light poles with three lights on each, unlikely to cause controversy similar to that raging at West Lakes because they’ll only be used between 5 and 7.30pm, twice a week, two months a year, and even then, they’ll only light about half the oval.

For sale

  • Hoover front-load auto washer, $4 weekly rental at Radio Electrix
  • Nestle baby food, 20c at Eudundas
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This week in history

10 Years Ago: April 11, 2008

The official opening of the Murray Bridge Skate Park, where over 150 people attended and tested their skills.

20 Years Ago: April 14, 1998

The giant Whiteman's Chocolates lightship took to the skies of Murray Bridge, on its way to Adelaide.

40 Years Ago: April 6, 1978

Mrs Pam Schulz was appointed Youth Service Assistant in Mannum by State Minister of Community Welfare Mr R G Payne, her role was to help unemployed youth within the area.

80 Years Ago: April 15, 1938

Two men from Mannum were committed for sentence, after Leslie Roy Morell received information that the two men had been stealing his sheep.