Numurkah Leader
This week in 1919: August 21

Prohibition.—Mr Oscar Piggott, a visitor from South Australia, is to speak on the question of prohibition in the Presbyterian Hall to-night. He comes with a great reputation as a convincing speaker, and has conducted campaigns in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. He is of the order or prohibition speakers who rely on convincing argument and not abuse of the other side. As the Local Option poll will be taken at the next general elections, doubtless our readers will be pleased to hear a speaker so well informed as Mr Piggott.

Municipal Elections.—Nominations for the Numurkah Shire Council election? closed on Monday last, and, as anticipated, each of the four retiring representatives were accorded unopposed return. Thus Cr Campbell will still represent the Eastern Riding, Cr. Gordon the Central, Cr Ball the Western, and Cr Schier the Moira Riding. 

Working Bee.—The President of the Numurkah Agricultural Society (Mr John Christie) has set apart Monday and Tuesday next, 25th and 26th inst., for working bees in connection with the general improvement to the society’s grounds. The society is now in the hands of 200 debenture-holders, and it is expressly desired that every man interested in the future of the society and the general improvements to the ground will endeavour to get along on either or both days. Numurkah can be made one of the most important shows in the North, and the preparation of the grounds is most essential. Work will commence at !0 a.m. on each day, and it will be necessary for helpers to bring spades, shovels, picks, crowbars, etc. 

BARMAH TOWNSHIP.

Mr Clark, an engineer of the Public Works Department, accompanied by Cr. Ross, visited the township on Thursday, 31st July, to inspect the local punt on the Murray River, with a view to it being taken over by the State Government as agreed at the Premiers’ conference. A satisfactory agreement with the present owner was arrived at. The residents on both sides of the river are anxiously awaiting developments.

On Saturday. 16th inst.. the Picola footballers journeyed to Barmah to fulfil their engagement with the Barmah Federals, (the match being the second last of the last round of the M. & W. R.F. Association. The home team needed the match to give them the minor premiership honors, and special interest was aroused in the game. The visitors placed a strong eighteen in the field, and the match was strenuously contested, a good exhibition of the game being witnessed by a large number of people. The river boys were successful, and the final scores were:—Barmah Federals, 4.5: Picola, 1.4. The central umpire Mr A. Bourke gave general satisfaction, and is deserving of credit for the able manner in which he carried out his duties.

NUMURKAH SHIRE COUNCIL

TUESDAY, 12th AUGUST

Correspondence.

From Wunghnu Progress Association, protesting against the action of certain councillors in refusing to allow the ratepayers of the Central Riding to spend its share of the peace grant in entertaining the children; also calling attention to the importance of seeing that no new contract is let to any contractor until he has completed the one on which he is engaged; also drawing attention to condition of road between Anglican Church and Mr J. Watson’s.—Cr: Thornton wondered how old the writer thought the council was when he thought it necessary to remind the council of things they knew already.

—Cr Dudley said the work asked for was in hand.

ENGINEER’S REPORT

Mr Hay Ower reported:—

He understood the contemplated purchasers of the Deep and Walllala bridges had declined to enter into the agreement prepared and which he was no inclined to alter, and it appeared as though the council would be faced with the expense of dismantling them. — Cr Schier reported that the agreement had since been signed.

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