AT a recent public meeting held in Shepparton, the decision was made to return rowing to its once home, Victoria Park Lake.
40 individuals indicated that they would commit to the re-establishment of the Shepparton Rowing Club and the meeting enthusiastically approved a number of resolutions to provide an interim framework to immediately establish the Club.
The Club was originally established on October 31, 1884 but low river levels after the dams were constructed on the Goulburn River and subsequent choking reeds and weed in the lake saw the Club fold around 40 years ago.
Intrigue still surrounds the loss of the entire boat fleet and memorabilia from a once impressive boathouse overlooking Victoria Park Lake, but as a measure to preserve the clubs’ history, the meeting agreed to keep the original 1884 Club colours of the rowing attire, maroon with a gold band.
The convenor of the public meeting, David Schier said it’s tremendous to see the return of rowing in a formalised way to Shepparton. “Rowing clubs once dominated the Goulburn River with clubs in Yea, Seymour, Nagambie, Murchison, Shepparton, Mooroopna, and two clubs at Echuca. Nagambie is the only surviving club saved by the steady height of the water retained behind Goulburn Weir,” he said.
The meeting unanimously resolved to pursue the development of a stand-alone boatshed on Victoria Park Lake to cater for rowing and small boat sailing.
“I am expecting an accelerated presence of rowing on the lake and we must be able to safely store the boats and oars in a facility adjacent to it,” Mr Schier said.
A Steering Committee of 11 members was appointed with portfolios to be allocated at its first meeting to be held within a week.