The year in review

January 04, 2018

Seymour Racing Club Penny Reeve was thrilled with this week's funding annoucement, which will see a new training track installed at the venue.

SES volunteers Ben Cummings and Kimberley Welsh.

Sam Plunkett and Bron Dunwoodie at Wine By Sam's new Seymour winery.

Jack Ford at 96 is one of Seymour's last WWII veterans.

Homer, the lovable German Shorthaired Pointer X Great Dane, was abandoned at nine years of age, but Avenel’s Andrea Brown has adopted him from the RSPCA.

Tallarook Street in Seymour.

Local St Mary’s netballers (front: left to right) Ruby Martin, Brooke Mclarty, Madi Hager, Millie Stephenson and Sophie Rutherford with (rear: left to right) Shelley O’Donnell, Mwai Kumwenda and Rudi Ellis.

Seymour town entrance. Residents have until September 11 to offer feedback to Mitchell Shire Council on the draft Seymour Structure Plan.

Year in review.


January 4

Flooding rain: Shops inundated and road closed after deluge

State Emergency Service volunteers were kept busy after successive torrential storms swept through Seymour.

They responded to a range of calls for help with leaking roofs, trees down on roads and flood inundation.

The orange-suited VICSES workers were quick to arrive in Anzac Ave to put sandbags across the entrances of businesses where water had begun to lap around doorways.


February 22

Tracking well $1.2M funding to upgrade training track

Seymour Racing Club’s long awaited training track is finally a reality.

The existing synthetic training track is well passed its use-by date, but the track will soon be in top condition all year round, thanks to the $1.2million funding package from the Victorian Government.


March 1

Ag meets industry, again: From factory to winery

Local tradies are in the know. But passers-by who pause, intrigued, by all the building activity going on at an old textile mill in Anzac Ave won’t have long to wait until all is revealed.

Wine by Sam plans to open its Seymour cellar door to the public in late April.

March 22

Dramatic rescue: Seymour man escapes double-storey inferno unhurt

An off-duty senior CFA officer assisted by members of the public helped a man from a burning building in a dramatic balcony rescue when fire gutted two flats above shops in Seymour’s Station St. Musician and singer Shayne ‘‘Lynchy’’ Lynch was helped down a ladder from the first floor awning just before as many as 50 firefighters and two pieces of specialist equipment were brought in to douse the blaze. Mr Lynch lost everything when both flats above the businesses were destroyed.

March 29

Ideas into reality: Terri Scully, ‘Sculpture Man’

The indefatigable Terry Scully opens up his sculpture park to visitors on the first Sunday of every month, to coincide with the Tallarook Farmers Market. For a gold coin donation, which goes to the ever-popular Tallarook Outdoor Pool, visitors can enjoy Mr Scully’s 16 ha park — Curly Flat Sculpture Park — which features 35 sculptures.


April 12

He’s a Ford man: Ready to take them all on at Historic Winton

In historic car racing the only thing more historic than the cars is the drivers themselves, says Nagambie man David Forbes. Well humoured at the age of 62, the need for speed could be the elixir of youth for Mr Forbes who’ll be racing his 1961 XK Falcon at Historic Winton.

April 26

Memories remain

At 96 years old, Mr Ford doesn’t have the enthusiasm to keep building cabinets any more, or at least not like he used to: Mr Ford did once build a boat on the second storey of his house.

Inside the living room of Jack and Nel Ford’s home is an assortment of hand-stained wooden cabinets.


June 21

Meet Homer

Homer has just been adopted from the RSPCA by Avenel’s Andrea Brown, but before he went to his new home, Homer got to experience some of the best doggie sights in Melbourne thanks to Channel Ten’s Dr Chris Brown. Homer’s day included a doggy dress-up and photography session.


July 5

Frost takes hold

Seymour was transformed in to a winter wonderland, with sub-zero temperatures greeting residents. The mercury dipped to a chilly -4.9°C on Sunday morning, only just beating Saturday’s freezing -4.3°C start to the day. The freezing weather — and the past two days of rainfall — follows the driest June on record.

July 19

Netballers upskill

Keen young netballers from across the region descended to Seymour for a netball clinic led by some of the state’s best players. The best and brightest netball stars were at Seymour Sports and Aquatic Centre to coach the school holiday clinic for eight to 14-year-olds. Former Australian vice-captain and three-time Netball World Cup champion Shelley O’Donnell was on hand to teach the kids her midcourt skills and share what it’s like to win Commonwealth Games gold.

July 26

Plan input sought

The future of Seymour looks bright — if the draft structure plan is anything to go by. The plan sets out a vision for the long-term future of the town, and has outlined the future planning for the area. Mitchell Shire Council has released the draft structure plan online, and it’s now up to the community to provide their input on the plan, which will be pivotal in guiding and shaping the future direction of Seymour.

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