From whoppers to whacky socks, we had it all in 2017

January 05, 2018

Darren Jephcott with a monster cod.

Rev Maryann Leonard arrived in Cobram.

Katamatite Football Netball Club members volunteered at Parkrun.

Cobram Cup day was a success.

Cobram Anglican Grammar students wore crazy socks to school.

Strong winds brought down powerlines.

Stephanie Humphries shaved her head.


Sisters reign supreme: Three months of hard work paid off for Yarroweyah sisters Katie and Renee Anderson, who returned from International Dairy Week in Tatura with a swag of titles and ribbons. They were named grand champions in the National All Breeds Youth Show for a second year in a row.

Volunteers rewarded: Working with 12 volunteer groups earned Glennys Walker the title of Moira Shire’s citizen of the year. The Numurkah woman was recognised at the shire’s annual Australia Day awards ceremony at Nathalia. Tungamah’s Nicolas Megarrity was named young citizen of the year.

Town plans to take shape: The Strathmerton Plan steering committee was developed following a well-attended community information session, outlining the proposal for a community-driven plan for the future and the town’s development.

Students enjoy a hotline to Antarctica: Cobram Anglican Grammar’s scientific studies led years 3 and 4 students to discuss and experiment with a biological science unit investigating the process of plant germination, the stages in a plant’s life cycle and what a variety of plants need for growth.

Oh my cod, it is a whopper: Darren Jephcott has scuba dived in other countries and loves off-shore fishing for big tuna, but he was unprepared for an encounter with a freshwater monster near Cobram. Mr Jephcott was swimming in the Murray River while camping with friends, when he was pushed by a 1.1m Murray cod. With the help of a friend he wrestled the cod until it was captured, and eventually released after the mandatory photos were taken.

The next step: Step-up into VCE was the message on transition day held at Cobram Anglican Grammar School for Year 9 students moving into Year 10.

Festive fun at races: Cobram Harness Racing was a hive of activity on Cobram Cup Day.The picturesque grounds were adorned with mini marquees and colourful umbrellas on a day of soaring temperatures and humidity.


Students start school journey: A new school year meant a new wave of eager and excited Prep students filling local schools.

Strong wind brings down powerlines: Thousands of residents lost power as strong winds wreaked havoc on powerlines in Cobram. Strong winds and airborne tree branches, bark and debris hit a powerline after a cool front hit the region.

Community spirit is alive and well and enjoying lunch: The smell of sausages sizzling on the barbecue could be smelled as Cobram Community House held its first community lunch of the year. The meal was also a way for the community house to say thanks to all of the suppliers who kindly donate their goods throughout the year.

School’s in for new principal: Lucy Keath brought more than 20 years’ experience to her role as the new principal at St Joseph’s Primary School in Cobram.

More storage for shed: After more then three years of persistence, the Cobram Men’s Shed was getting the extra storage space it had been asking for. A storage container had been approved.

Shaving for a great cause: One very hairy chin in Cobram was to become a lot smoother thanks to the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave. Matt Hicks of Cobram and District Specialist School was set to lose his impressive beard for the cause.

New priest joins parish at Cobram: The Cobram Anglican parish officially welcomed Reverend Maryann Leonard, with special guest Bishop of Wangaratta John Parkes in attendance.


Big chop for charity: One student at Cobram Secondary College is doing her part to raise money for leukaemia research by deciding to shave off all of her hair. Stephanie Humphries decided to take part in the World’s Greatest Shave in memory of her grandfather, who died from the disease.

Club joins run: Cobram parkrun turned black and gold in February when the Katamatite Football Netball Club members filled all volunteer roles on one of the Saturday morning runs. The club had been promoting parkrun to maintain year-round fitness.

Fun for bears and students: Cobram Anglican Grammar year 3 and 4 students and their Prep buddies enjoyed a teddy bears’ picnic on February 14. The students got to choose a coloured icing and iced their own biscuits and then decorated them with various sprinkles. Then the fun part came as they ate the biscuits with their buddies, read books to each other and played some games.

Winning givers: Katamatite Cricket Club took out the inaugural Sporting Club Blood Challenge, with members rolling up their sleeves and saving the lives of 24 Australians. Running for the month of November, the Sporting Club Blood Challenge encouraged local clubs to band together and donate blood as a team, not only benefiting the Red Cross Blood Service but also their trophy cabinet as they eyed the opportunity to take home the silverware as the winner for 2016.

School celebrates Shrove Tuesday: Plates were stacked high with delicious pancakes as students at St Joseph’s Primary School celebrated Shrove Tuesday. A pop-up pancake restaurant offered students many tasty topping options to choose from, and even chocolate pancakes made an appearance. Parents also joined in the activities, helping students to cook and eat them.

Volunteers return to help build church: Cobram’s Riverside Church was one step closer to completion thanks to a team of visiting volunteers. The group of workers from Mobile Mission Maintenance Australia was in Cobram assisting with the construction to the church.

Wild and whacky socks help a little boy: Some wild and whacky socks were on display at Cobram Anglican Grammar to help out a school friend’s family. The school held a ‘Crazy Sock Day’ to help raise funds so the Henderson family could continue to give son Harry the help he needed. Harry’s older brother Josh, who is in Year 3 at the school, helped organise the day.


Flying high at fun day: The sun was shining as dozens of eager skateboarders and scooters took to the skate park at Strathmerton for a family fun day. As well as skating workshops by Own Life Skateboarding, there was plenty to entertain, including local musicians, face painting, fairy floss, snow cones, sports activities and a free sausage sizzle provided by the Strathmerton Lions Club.

Day to respect others: St Joseph’s Primary School got into the Harmony Day spirit when students released orange balloons into the bright blue sky. Students assembled as a school and each class attached a prayer or special message to a balloon, which was released in a display of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

Easter bonnets go on parade: Easter creativity and colour were on display on the last day of term one at St Joseph’s Primary School for its Easter bonnet parade. Each class paraded across the stage at the Josephinium, showing off their creations to friends and family.

Poker run to help others: On April 1, the Boosey Creek Club of Katamatite held its first Poker (Dice) Run in memory of member and local identity Rob ‘Frog’ Foster. About $2300 was raised for palliative care fuel vouchers to aid local oncology patients with travel costs.

Riders and horses turn pink: Cobram Barooga Equestrian Club, celebrating its 25th year, held a Dressage and Showjumping Championship weekend in April. All competitors were asked to get into the spirit of the weekend by wearing something pink while competing and there was a special prize for the best pink presented horse and rider.

Fine weather all year round: Local tennis and croquet players had relief from the weather year-round, thanks to a grant which allowed them to install new heating and cooling at their Williams St club rooms. The new systems were installed earlier in the year, just before the Cobram Lawn Tennis Club’s huge annual tennis tournament on the Labour Day long weekend.

Funds flow for appeal: The Cobram-Barooga and district communities dug deep, raising a generous $60000 for the Good Friday Appeal. Cobram and Barooga raised $50897, while Strathmerton raised $8480.


Healthy living helps Elsie reach 100: The number of candles on Elsie Jackel’s birthday cake may have almost been considered a fire hazard, but it’s not every day someone celebrates their 100th birthday. Moira Shire Mayor Gary Cleveland and Cr Ed Cox dropped in to present the birthday girl with flowers and congratulations. Mrs Jackel’s birthday was then officially celebrated at a lunch with family and friends.

Saying thanks: Some dedicated Barooga workers were recognised for their efforts as part of a series of events hosted by Intereach to celebrate its volunteers. Among those recognised as part of National Volunteer Week were Ruth Brown, Glennis Brooks and Bob Davis, who volunteer with Intereach as part of the Barooga Friendship Group.

House rivalry spurs students on in cross-country race: Students from Cobram Anglican Grammar took to the track under clear, sunny skies for their annual cross-country event. In a hotly-contested event, it was Cowell house that scraped home by the narrowest of margins from Farrer, with Stanyer rounding off the team placings.

Gold medal for Sascha: Tocumwal’s Sascha Jones returned from the NSW All School Swimming Championships after winning a gold medal in the 50m backstroke event with a personal best time of 31.64 seconds. The swim qualified her to swim at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide.

Rain did not dampen spirits: Dozens of wreaths were laid solemnly in remembrance of all who fought and died for Australia on Anzac Day in Cobram and Barooga. Despite the continuing rain, dozens marched to the Civic Centre from Station St under the cover of umbrellas and raincoats. Hundreds packed into the Civic Centre to pay tribute to those who served and paid the ultimate price.

Generous gifts: Local students got together to help raise money for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome research and River’s Gift as part of Cobram man Adrian Hayward’s Ironman for Noah. Mr Hayward and mascot Hope the Elephant visited Cobram Anglican Grammar School for their 50¢ piece fundraiser, which raised $1560.20.

Fine time had by all at high tea: The St Margaret’s Ladies Guild held its annual high tea at the Cobram Anglican Church hall. A broad cross-section of the community attended, including groups from Oasis and Green Palms Villages, Probus and Cobram Barooga Red Hatters.


Riders and horses jump to it: Clear skies and a warm winter’s day greeted riders for Cobram and District Pony Club’s annual Showjumping and Dressage Day on June 18 at the Muckatah Recreation Reserve.

Drill tests students’ fire skills: It was an ordinary fire drill for most, but for one group of students at Cobram Secondary College it was about gaining real life emergency management skills. A scheduled fire drill, planned in consultation with Cobram Fire Brigade, was also a critical incident and rescue scenario playing out in real time. The school’s Advance students worked with the firefighters to gain an insight into an incident response, while others were planted in classrooms for searchers to find as students who were left behind in the evacuation.

Art comes from the heart: Local scenes and picturesque settings are the inspiration behind Barooga artist Norma Bell’s artwork. Mrs Bell, the feature artist for the Station Gallery in June, said her art on display was based on flowers, the Murray River, birds and other bush scenes, as well as the odd nude painting.

Service awarded: Hundreds of years of combined volunteer service to the Country Fire Authority was recognised for a local brigade. The Cobram East and Boosey Creek brigade recognised the dedication of several of its volunteers at a presentation of service awards on June 1.

Taking science studies to a higher level: Katamatite’s Mikaela Wood received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity after being selected as one of six students from across Australia to attend The National University of Singapore Science Camp program. The St Mary of the Angels Secondary College Year 12 student was one of two from the school who had the opportunity to participate in the National Youth Science Forum at Australian National University in Canberra in January.

Award for outstanding student: Muckatah’s James Whatman was awarded the Outstanding Student Award for Diploma in Agriculture at Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s industry celebration. Before his diploma, Mr Whatman completed a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Agriculture and was looking towards completing his bachelor degree.

Brush with fame: Students studying VET hospitality/VCE food studies and VCAL pathways at St Mary of the Angels Secondary College had the opportunity to learn from some well-known faces in the food industry at the Good Food and Wine Show in Melbourne. The senior secondary students enjoyed the rare opportunity of small group mentoring sessions with Manu Feildel and Matt Moran, two of the most recognisable celebrity chefs.

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