FORMER Aussie cricketers Terry Alderman and Greg Matthews are in the line-up to play at Rochester's Water to Wickets event.
The Water to Wickets series, which is being held by the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, aims to bring the community together after last year's floods.
The events include a Twenty20 match of former Australian and state players against the Campaspe Cricket Association's nominated team, a sportsman's night, legends lunch and cricket clinic for 500 local school- aged students.
The game on Sunday, February 19, from 1pm is free to residents from flood-affected areas, and volunteers who helped in the recovery effort.
The cost for others is $10 or $20 a family.
Campaspe Shire Cr Carol Howell said the council had given $10,000 towards the event.
"This will be a fantastic event for families living in Rochester and surrounds," said Cr Howell.
"I encourage everyone to get along and experience this highly entertaining form of one our nation's most popular sports," she said.
"This event will feature Australian Cricket Association's Masters players . . . as well as former Zimbabwe batsman Murray Goodwin."
Grant funds new CFA truck
WOORAGEE CFA has received a $15,000 grant from the Beechworth and District Community Bank and the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation to buy a community support quick attack vehicle.
Wooragee CFA Captain John Ward said the extra slip-on vehicle would be a valuable asset.
Capt Ward said he expected the vehicle would be a CFA-equipped Land Cruiser that would be in operation next fire season.
The community bank's treasurer, Lyn Clark, said giving cash to community groups was one of the main reasons the region had established its bank.
"To have the opportunity to access funds at this level for our communities and to also see our business grow and return its own profits is very exciting," Ms Clark said.
She said the bank and its directors were working towards hosting a grants information session for community groups soon.
Parks host movies
THE City of Greater Bendigo is kicking off its Cinema in the Parks series with a screening of Midnight in Paris at Heathcote's Barrack Reserve this Saturday.
Each Saturday night in February the council will offer free outdoor movies around the region.
Other movies include Zookeeper at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens on February 11, Puss in Boots at the Maiden Gully Recreation Reserve on February 18 and The Adventures of TinTin at the Elmore Events Centre on February 25.
The Heathcote Lions Club will hold a barbecue at this weekend's screening, which starts at 9pm.
BYO insect repellent. If the weather is wet, the screening will be moved to the RSL hall on High St.
Land for housing
VICTORIAN Planning Minister Matthew Guy has rezoned 228ha of residential land across the Latrobe Valley.
The land rezoning allows for more than 2600 lots.
In Churchill, 53.5ha has been rezoned, 15.1ha in Moe and Newborough, 37.8ha in Morwell and 115.9ha in Traralgon.
The change comes after 562ha was rezoned last year.
Mr Guy said the amendment rezoned land from Rural Living, Low Density Residential and Farming to Residential 1.
Morwell MP Russell Northe said the land release was a boon for the region's economy.
"Increasing the land supply . . . will improve housing affordability and importantly, will provide more opportunities for the local construction industry."