January 4: Violet Town and Warrenbayne were hit the hardest during a flash flood where 140ml of rain fell in a matter of hours. Residents sandbagged low-lying areas to avoid flooding.
January 11: Up, up and away — The World Gliding Championships got under way this week with an Opening Ceremony held at the Botanical Gardens.
January 18: A lucky escape saw glider pilots Michale Eisele and Steve O’Donnell walk away relatively unscathed after a mid-air collision during the World Gliding Championships.
January 25: The future of Benalla’s Wall to Wall Festival was secured with the state government’s announcement that it would give $75000 towards this year’s festival.
February 1: Five Benalla residents were awarded with the Order of the Medal of Australia on Australia Day.
February 8: Ken Shaw was proud of his daughter, Nationals MP and now NSW cabinet minister Melinda Pavey.
February 15: Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan challenged the Australian Government in Parliament to act on poor rail services in North East Victoria.
February 22: When 53-year-old Jenny Pallpratt’s feet started to ache while she was on holiday, she blamed the new sandals she had been given for Christmas. Six weeks later she had been diagnosed with Ross River fever.
March 1: Benalla woman Kate Leith was overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the community in her ongoing battle with a rare and deadly form of leukaemia.
March 8: Benalla Rural City Council put Winton Motor Raceway on trial to host two rock concerts a year — including Winton’s Rockin the Raceway on March 25.
March 15: OK Indiana Buckles took a dip in a water trough after working her heart out in the annual Benalla Working Dog Trials held this week.
March 22: Where have you bin? The annual Thoona Wheelie Bin races again attracted a weird and wonderful collection of converted bins, with plenty of laughs shared on the day.
March 29: You had to watch your step after some of the world’s best pavement artists took to the streets of Benalla at this year’s Wall to Wall Street Art Festival.