Murray Valley Standard Throwback Thursday, January 24, 2006: Save our buses

From the archives of The Murray Valley Standard, January 24, 2006.

Bridge bus rally lacks people power

About 2000 signatures were gathered in an attempt to save Murray Bridge’s bus service, but only a small crowd turned out to protest against the changes at a public rally on Thursday.

The rally was held after failed attempts to stop the state government’s plans to replace the town’s bus service with a dial-a-ride service.

Organiser Jurgen Klipp said the turnout was very disappointing.

Mercury soars

Weekend temperatures across the Murraylands came close to breaking records as the mercury soared past 45 degrees in some areas.

Karoonda recorded the highest temperature with 45.9C.

Rivals face questions

The Association of Independent Retirees’ Lower Murray branch put Member for Hammond Peter Lewis and Liberal candidate Adrian Pederick under the pump last week.

At a forum, the speakers explained their position on extending concessions to all retirees, indexing concessions, interstate travel concessions, access to affordable transport, GST on energy accounts, capping of council rates and abolition of land tax on rental properties.

Local team to take on state

It has been 10 years since the Murray Bridge Basketball Association has won a flag at the South Australian Basketball Council senior country championships, and the association has struggled in the past few years to regularly field a side.

This year, Scorpions player Peter Jolly has organised a team from Rebels, Saints, Unity and his own team: Jason Sipos, Adrian Chevalier, Brent Canaway, Brad Altmann, Marty Buick, Nick Stephen, Anthony Edwards, Brodie Martin and Duran Cowland.

For sale

  • Admission to the Murray Bridge races, $12
  • Omni 750mL, $7.99 at Sip ‘n Save
  • 2005 Prado V6, $49,990 at Chris Dutton Toyota

This week in history

10 years ago: January 22, 2009

The Mid Murray council allocated $165,000 towards a new skate park at Mannum, to the delight of committee member Kerry Yeates.

20 years ago: January 26, 1999

The Imperial Football Club appointed former junior player turned West Torrens defender John Lipp coach of its A grade side.

40 years ago: January 25, 1979

Mobilong council planning officer J Coombe reported Gary Chemicals was interested in moving to Murray Bridge, creating 160 jobs.

80 years ago: January 27, 1939

Murray Bridge’s oldest resident died: Elizabeth Francis, born in 1853, married at Wellington in 1872 and resident of what became Rachel Street for the rest of her life.