From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, November 8, 1983.
Design earns energy award
A Murray Bridge house, designed and built by local architectural draftsman Mr Paul Mitchell, was recently judged the most energy efficient of those entered in a state competition.
The house, owned by Mr and Mrs MG Hambidge, is built into a hillside.
His interest in this increasingly popular style of housing was first sparked in 1970, when he was simulating North Vietnamese underground defence tunnels and noticed how the temperature remained a constant 18 degrees several metres underground.
Many buildings in Murray Bridge and surrounding districts have been designed by Paul; notable are the Radio Electrix building on Adelaide Road and Tailem Bend’s new council chambers.
Railways union stirring: Lewis
The Australian Railways Union is trying to “whip people into a lather” over an Australian National nationalisation, according to Member for Mallee Mr Peter Lewis.
He was replying to last week’s statement by local ARU sub-branch secretary Mr Peter Dickson, that the union no longer had any faith in him after he assured the union that nationalisation would not happen.
“The more efficient the railways become, the more work they will win back and the more jobs will be created,” Mr Lewis said.
Aquabikes for Sturt Reserve
Murray Bridge’s Sturt Reserve should soon have a new attraction – aquabikes.
An aquabike is like a large tricycle for two but, instead of tyres, it has flotation buoys.
They are a new concept in water sport.
Top football man dies
River Murray Football League secretary Lyall Parker died last Wednesday.
Mr Parker, senior loans officer with the Commonwealth Bank at Murray Bridge, had been league secretary since 1974, and was awarded life membership last year.
SANFL promotions officer Mr Murray Tippett, adding his tribute to that expressed on behalf of the league by Mr John Bryan, said Mr Parker was one of the best administrators in the game.
Cats still undefeated
Murray Bridge Baseball Association’s 1982 premiers, Cats, remain undefeated after the first five rounds of this season’s matches.
Their latest victory, last Tuesday night, was a 13-nil win over Vikings White.
K Cross pitched well for Cats, while the Vikings’ pitchers showed determination and potential by collecting six strike-outs between them.
- Bushells instant coffee, $2.45 for 150g at Eudundas
- Exercise classes, $3 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
This week in history
10 years ago: November 7, 2008
Former Murray Towns cricketer James Smith was on the verge of becoming a Redback after scoring hundreds in two second XI matches.
20 years ago: November 10, 1998
Murray Bridge Salvation Army captain Bert Hicks did not dispute a report naming the Murraylands the second poorest region in Australia.
40 years ago: November 9, 1978
Ron and Bill Proud revealed plans to turn Murray Bridge’s derelict butter factory into a motel, restaurant and conference centre.
80 years ago: November 11, 1938
Tom Playford, a former representative of the Murray district, became leader of the Liberal and Country League and Premier of South Australia.