Looking back

Looking back ten years to 2005: Cardinia mayor Garry Runge presents the victorious Emerald under 18 captain, Alex Hellriegel, with the Cardinia Shire Cup. Emerald president Bill Kuys and Gembrook-Cockatoo president Steve Goodie watch in the background

30 years to 1985
AN Iona hobby farmer has been given a planning permit to keep and breed up to 1000 pairs of game birds for the restaurant trade. The permit granted by Pakenham Council at its last meeting imposes a number of conditions. Several are to do with the disposal of waste material. All droppings would be rendered dry in the sheds by the use of a sand and lime litter spread on the floors. Because the officers have said there should be no detriment to the neighbours, the applicant has not been required to advertise.

THERE were smiles and handshakes all round when Pakenham surveyor Tom Slattery took over the presidency of the Rotary Club of Pakenham last Tuesday night. Tom spoke with confidence of the year ahead after congratulating outgoing president Neil Preston on a “unique” year at the helm. After stepping into the president’s position at last week’s annual changeover, Tom showed a happy air of confidence in his new role that is usually only evident at the end of a presidential year. “I am confident the club will be very successful under the leadership of president Tom”, Neil Preston said.

20 years to 1995
PAKENHAM Secondary students have a stylish new addition to their uniform to help them cope with winter weather. At its last meeting, Pakenham Secondary College Council accepted a recommendation from the uniform committee to add a plain black three quarter length coat to the school’s winter uniform. A display of suitable styles and designs was on show on parent teacher night held on Thursday and modelled by students at the full school assembly held on Friday. A special end-of-term newsletter carrying a design of the suitable jackets was distributed to the students.

AS the starter’s gun sounded, more than 300 children from Berwick Primary School began a five kilometre walk/run last Monday morning to raise funds for sports equipment and educational resources. The 1995 Kids for Kids fun run at Akoonah Park in Berwick proved a novel way of encouraging students to keep fit while fund-raising for some much needed equipment for their school. “The children taking part are also big winners,” said Mr David Flanagan, Kids Run for Kids co-ordinator. “One lucky person will win VIP tickets to a game and every student receives a free drink of orange juice at the finish line.”

10 years to 2005:
WILSON Botanic Park Berwick has in the past couple of years had an enormous increase in patronage. People are free to come and go, to visit functions, to sit and relax, take photographs, paint or to exercise their dogs. The potential is limitless, but dogs unfortunately, are leaving their mark. With ownership comes responsibility and some dog owners seem to lack this. People are neglecting to keep their dogs under proper control while in the park, and they are not collecting the droppings from their beloved pets.

HUMAN Powered Vehicle (HPV) racing was launched in the southeast on Saturday during the Casey Cycling Festival held at the Casey Complex Cranbourne. Casey chief executive Mike Tyler waved the first event off at 8.30am for what promises to be a major sporting event in the city of Casey and Shire of Cardinia. More than 250 HPV riders competed and more than 1000 people attended the festival that took 150 volunteers to run. HPV racing last week received another massive boost in conjunction with the festival when the City of Casey announced that it would build a state-of-the-art 2.2 kilometre circuit track at Casey Fields Cranbourne.

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