Around the region: Police history made, $3 million rejected, Henty cancelled and more

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Police history made

For the first time, Moama Police Station is welcoming a probationary constable to its ranks.

NSW Police southern region recently welcomed 13 new probationary constables, following the latest attestation of 159 recruits at the Police Academy in Goulburn, three of which will join Murray River Police District.

‘‘We are very pleased to have a brand new constable stationed at Moama for the first time in New South Wales Police history,’’ Moama officer-in-charge Inspector Paul Huggett said.

‘‘This officer will be assigned to a front line operational position and will make a real difference to the community.’’tfhelvps12BF

Home invasion

An investigation is underway after a woman was assaulted during what police have described as a home invasion in Hay on June 16.

The woman, aged in her 50s, reportedly answered a knock on her front dor about 7pm and told police she was immediately forced to the ground by a man.

She was allegedly held down by the man for a short time, resulting in her suffering minor cuts to her face.

The man fled on foot.

Henty cancelled

The famed Henty Machinery Field Days is the latest event to fall victim to COVID-19.

The event’s board announced on Friday the 2020 event will not proceed.

Henty Machinery Field Days chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the unknowns for large mass gatherings beyond the Federal Government’s stage three roll-out of restrictions made organising and planning the event difficult.

The Henty Machinery Field Days is the nation’s largest field days and outdoor agricultural event, with an economic value of more than $92 million.

It was due to be held from September 22 to 24.

$3 million rejected

Campaspe Shire Council has turned down a $3 million funding offer from Regional Development Victoria.

The government funding has been offered to the council to develop Echuca’s Aquatic Reserve, but councillors voted against accepted it claiming they did not have all the information needed to make a decision.

Instead they proposed to discontinue plans and a business case for “the so-called Echuca Entertainment Precinct”.

The decision could impact the future of the Riverboats Music Festival, which attracts 5000 people annually, and a number of other events held at the reserve including Australia Day ceremonies.

The funding would have created a space that is accessible to everyone and boost the economy, but was voted down 5-4.