1963 Wodonga Part 5

More excerpts from Wodonga and District Express 1963.

Delegates at the annual meeting of the Victorian Rural Fire Brigades’ Association voted almost unanimously to allow women landholders to join rural fire brigades in their area.

A request from residents at Killara for some maintenance work to be carried out on their almost impassable roads was considered by council in the light of a town and country planning committee scheme that this area should revert to rural instead of residential.

The Council was considering the installation of parking meters.

Because it was considered to be “out of town” Elkington’s store on the corner of Wilson Street became an agent for the State Savings Bank. (The branch was on the corner of High and South Street, where John Potter’s office is today.)

Sole scavenging rights were given to M. Pettiford for £1 per month at the rubbish rip on the Lincoln Causeway.  He would have exclusive rights to remove anything from the area and to prevent others from doing so.  He would have the help of the police and council officers if required.  It was hoped his presence would prevent the many tip fires which had been occurring over recent years.

The foundations have been laid and work commenced on a block of eight flats for elderly citizens on the corner of Lawrence and William Streets.  Successful tenderer A. Goyne at a cost of £12,556.  Two “Darby & Joan” flats and six lone person units.

A new butcher shop was to be opened adjacent to Mann’s Foodland, making it a one stop shop, and would be managed by Roy Alexander.  There would be competition from the Peters and Grabbe butcher shop to open soon on the site of the old High Street Market.

Migrant children aged 14 to 16 at Bonegilla issued a challenge to children of the district in the same age group to a debate.  One topic was to be “That mothers of school age children should refrain from engaging in work outside the home”.

When digging up old concrete kerbing when creating new gutters in High Street contractors found dozens of horseshoes embedded in the cement as reinforcement.

A paper drive conducted by Wodonga Youth Club yielded six tons of newspapers which would be worth £45 to them.