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Demolition of Shepparton clock tower underway

By Shepparton News

 January 25, 1973

Demolition work on Shepparton's old post office is well under way with most of the roof removed.

Scaffolding is being built around the clock tower which will be taken down piece by piece.

The above photograph was taken this morning shows the progress of the workmen on the job.

Peter O'Connor is one of many fruit pickers working on orchards throughout the district. He was pictured climbing down the ladder with a full bag of peaches.

January 26, 1973

Growers to lose on small fruit

Fruit growers in the Goulburn Valley will lose thousands of dollars because of undersized peaches and pears.

The hot weather and in some cases not enough water has resulted in large quantities of small fruit.

SPC Ltd general manager Michael Searby said today he was concerned at the quantities of undersized fruit being delivered.

He said he was carrying out investigations into the quantities of small fruit being sent to the cannery.

He said some loads of small fruit had been rejected and sent back to growers.

And many growers were now grading Levis and Young peaches to size.

Normally these varieties are a straight pick.

Some estimates put the pear rejection at 30 per cent.

Dr Searby said a lot of growers were having problems getting fruit up to size because of the extremely hot weather.

Cooler weather was expected to help the situation considerably.

Northern Victoria Fruitgrowers’ Association general manager Hugh Cope said it was hard to estimate the amount of fruit rejected because of under-size.

He said the problem was greater at Shepparton and Kyabram because Ardmona cannery could utilise a lot of this fruit for pulp and paste.

Mr Cope said deliveries of pears were approaching the 30 per cent mark in only 11 days.

And he estimated the WBC pear harvest would be finished in another three weeks.

Usually this harvest goes for about six weeks.

Ms Cope said the major concern was for peaches.

Extreme heat has stopped a lot of this fruit growing and the shortage of water had not helped.

January 24, 1973

A brand new student at St George's Rd Primary School this year will be Craig Comline, 5, of Shepparton.

Craig starts school for the first time next month and was in Shepparton Office Supplies choosing the equipment he will need to tackle preps.

He found the huge pencil amusing but settled on one a little smaller.

January 31, 1973

Rain heaviest for 12 months

The Goulburn Valley has received nearly an inch of rain in the heaviest falls of rain since last February.

And the rain has saved many irrigators from running dry as they near the end of water allocations.

The rain brought fruit picking to a complete standstill, but generally is expected to benefit orchardists.

The district engineer with the Water Commission at Shepparton, Cliff Riley, said the rain would save at least one irrigation and restore a lot of parched pasture in the irrigation area.

He said generally irrigators would be delighted with the rain.

However it was too early to assess the effect on those who had used all their water allocation or were near the end of it.

Mr Riley estimated that at least 20 irrigators in the Shepparton area had finished, or almost finished, their season's allocation.

Some had only one or two acres of feed kept for stock use.

Mr Riley said the rain had slowed irrigation almost to a standstill today.

Department of Agriculture dairy husbandry officer Alex Pollock said the rain would do a lot of good on the irrigation area and make irrigation water go further.

However it was too early to help the dry country and substantial follow-up rain would be needed to break the drought.

With rain so early in the year, further hot weather would soon put the situation back to where it was.

Campbell's weather station at Lemnos recorded a total of 93 points of rain in a 24 hour period to 9am today, which is the highest total rainfall in the area since February last year.

This brings the monthly total rainfall to 235 points which is an inch above the average figure.

The 93 points also exceeds the total amount of rainfall the area has received for the last four months.

Shepparton Fruitgrower Association president Bert Smith said the rain would do more good than harm in orchards.

Although it brought picking to a stop yesterday, it was hoped to resume again this afternoon unless more rain fell.

But despite the rain, Goulburn and Murray Valley irrigators will be asking the Minister for Water Supply Mr Dunstan and the Premier Mr Hamer for more water today.

The deputations led by the state leader of the Country Party and Member for Shepparton Mr Peter Ross Edwards will be seeking a special release of Snowy River storage water.