Liquor accord supplying free water
The Berrigan Shire Liquor Accord comprises police, plus like-minded business and community groups who are licensed to serve alcohol to the public.
Former Jerilderie resident Sheridan Mortlock has won the coveted Miss Earth Australia 2019 beauty pageant.
A campaign to make a southern Riverina town one of 10 rural communities selected for a ‘makeover’ has now been launched.
Finley Public School proved it has some of the strongest minds in the region as they participated recently in the Tournament of the Minds regional finals in Wagga Wagga.
The Finley Football Club Hall of Fame dinner was recently conducted at the Apex and Sporting Centre and was once again hailed an outstanding success.Guests were very receptive to the induction of a further three legends of the Club in Terry Walsh (1946-1955), Leo McNamara (1963-1973) and Michael Hawkins (1970-1983). All three individuals provided outstanding contributions on the playing field at both local and representative level. Dissection of their respective playing profiles certainly justified elevation to Hall of Fame status.Leo McNamara and Michael Hawkins were the exceptional players in a golden era for Murray League Football which encompassed the period 1960-1980.Throughout this time the M.F.L emerged as a genuine power at interleague level and both men were pivotal to this unexpected resurgence.Leo and Michael were team mates in Finley’s 1971 premiership success and unsurprisingly Leo (3) and Michael (5) dominated club best and fairest voting throughout their reign. Michael won further premierships with the Cat’s in 1981&1982 and added the 1977 Dwyer to his impressive list of achievements. Following his departure from Finley Leo coached for three seasons at Jerilderie before moving north to Palm Beach Currumbin in the Queensland Football Association. He achieved legendary status at this club also before his eventual retirement in 1987. His senior playing career had spanned an incredible period of twenty three years.When the late Bill Limbrick (considered by many to be the doyen of M.F.L football) was called on to select his best ever teams it was not surprising that the names of McNamara and Hawkins featured prominently throughout.A highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the induction of 1950’s ruckman Terry Walsh. Terry played with Finley from 1946-1955 with a brief intermission 1947-1948 when he was recruited by North Melbourne. His stint at North yielded twenty eight games but was unfortunately abbreviated because of his need to return to the family farm to assist his father who at the time was in ill health.Terry was a dominant ruckman and half back during his time with Finley and starred in premierships in 1952 &1954. He represented M.F.L on several occasions and won the club best and fairest award in 1946 &1953.At the age of 28, Terry’s life came to a tragic end as a car in which he was travelling in company with good friend Noel Baker collided with a passenger train just north of Tocumwal. This accident occurred on 20th July 1955 and left an entire community in a state of shock. Terry was survived by his wife, Dulcie and three young boys less than five years of age. The youngest of the siblings, Terry jnr was born only days before the accident.The melancholic thoughts evoked by recollection of these events were heightened when it was revealed that all three of Terry’s sons were present for the evening and would accept the induction on his behalf. Now aged in their 60’s all three gentlemen admitted to having very little recall of their father or indeed their time on the farm. As such they expressed deep appreciation for the various anecdotes and tributes afforded their father and would cherish the esteem in which he was held.There was a touching twist to conclude the Terry Walsh story when former player, Jim Jewell who now owns the farm on which the Walsh children were born made a presentation of significant relevance to the occasion.As it transpires several years ago a building on the old Walsh farm was demolished and several items of minor interest salvaged from the rubble and retained by Jim and his family. One relic was a brick bearing the inscription T Walsh 1947. Jim was oblivious as to the identity of T Walsh or any associated history until being involved in discussions about prospective inductees for this Hall of Fame event.The presentation of the relic to the Walsh family added yet another layer to the poignancy and nostalgia that had typified the evening. The fact that the brick represented a tangible connection between Terry’s family and the Finley community resonated with everyone in attendance.The Finley Football Club would like to thank all persons who contributed to the success of this event and look forward to the induction of contemporary champions in the near future.
Five Finley women have teamed up to help raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute this October.
Finley based real estate business Nathan Everingham & Co has added another agent as it takes on friendly Scotsman.
The Her Sport Her Way grant program funded by the NSW Government Office of Sport doesn’t have long to go before entries close on September 16.
Three brave Finley firefighter volunteers are helping fight the fires that are devastating northern NSW.
Four Berrigan Shire projects have been shortlisted to be funded in round three of the NSW Stronger Country Communities Fund.
Berrigan Public School celebrated Father’s Day with a great range of presents for Dad in their Thursday market and a perfect morning breakfast with a footy colours dress-up day on Friday morning.
Finley High School’s contenders for this year’s Royal Melbourne Show, and the weekend’s FInley Show, were on display at a special event last week.
Jerilderie footballer Ben Neessen has capped off her brilliant 2019 Picola & District League season by claiming the Under 17s footballer best and fairest trophy.
A man was located with life-threatening injuries on the Murray Valley Highway in Cohuna. It is believed the incident happened about 6am but the man was unable to be revived and died at the scene. More to come
Homicide Squad detectives have charged an Echuca man with murder following the death of another man in Daltons Bridge near Cohuna yesterday. A 29-year-old Daltons Bridge man was located with life threatening injuries at an address on Easton Rd...
Emergency services are responding to a major collision on the Goulburn Valley Hwy near Gillespies Rd. The highway is closed in both directions and is under Victoria Police control. It will re-open when it is safe to do so. Drivers have been asked to...