Wimmera River Challenge postponed until next year

Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative's Jeremy Newell, Miah Braeside-Staples, 7, Les Power, Talani Braeside-Staples, 9, Dean Staples and Dean O'Loughlin prepare for the Wimmera River Challenge. Picture: CARLY WERNER
Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative's Jeremy Newell, Miah Braeside-Staples, 7, Les Power, Talani Braeside-Staples, 9, Dean Staples and Dean O'Loughlin prepare for the Wimmera River Challenge. Picture: CARLY WERNER

THE 2017 Wimmera River Challenge will be rescheduled to next year.

The event, which aims to celebrate culture and strengthen community partnerships, was due to run at Dimboola on Friday and Saturday.

A rowing challenge from Horseshoe Bend to the Dimboola Rowing Club forms the main part of the event, which Goolum Goolum Aboriginal Co-operative runs alongside other community organisations.

Goolum Goolum health and well-being programs manager Dean O’Loughlin the organisation would postpone the event until early next year due to a death in the community.

He said the decision was out of respect for the person – whom the organisation did not wish to name – and their family, many of whom are involved with the event.

“We are hoping the challenge might run around March next year,” he said.

“Out of sincere respect to all community members, we believe this to be the best course of action for all involved.

“We apologise for any inconvenience and ask that you keep our community families in your thoughts at this very difficult time.”