All power to the dedicated group that has set sights on restoring and preserving the historic Togamain woolshed at Darlington Point.
It is pleasing to see about half of the $25,000 has already been pledged, so it should be all systems go. However, the more money that can be raised the better, as facilities will be required to handle tourists who would include the wool shed on nostalgic travels.
The iconic shed is on land owned by agricultural investor and operator Paraway - part of Macquarie Bank.
Some facts: the woolshed was a fine structure measuring is 73 metres long and 24 metres in width.
When shearing took place, it was not unusual to have 60 shearers engaged along with rouseabouts, cooks and shearing hands, as well as another 30 men employed on contract to work at wool scouring. It was not unusual to have more than 150 men employed to complete shearing. Amazingly, in 1891 a total of 218,000 sheep were shorn at Toganmain.
The wool clip also had an excellent reputation. Yes, it is worth saving. So jump online and make a donation.
The Victorian government has stepped in and put the brakes on water transfers downstream of the Barmah choke.
Water Minister Lisa Neville has heard loud and clear the concerns of irrigator communities. Ms Neville has earned a reputation as an effective minister in her portfolio and has made it clear she supports the aspirations of the Victorian irrigation community.
Her decision comes hard on the heels of a call by the Victorian Farmers Federation that action needed to be taken. While welcoming the move, many vocal activists believe it may be too late.