Re­gional awards in Al­bury tonight

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Lo­cal busi­nesses and their em­ploy­ees will con­test seven of a pos­si­ble 11 awards at tonight’s 2017 Mur­ray-Rive­rina Busi­ness Awards.

Hosted by the Mur­ray-Rive­rina Busi­ness Cham­ber, all lo­cal nom­i­nees won their way into the re­gional awards based on their suc­cess at the De­niliquin Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence Awards in July.

The gala re­gional cer­e­mony will be held at the Al­bury En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

Both De­niliquin Travel Cen­tre owner Chan­tall Barnes and Mo­tiv8 Health and Fit­ness Cen­tre owner Hope Spald­ing will con­test the re­gional Young Busi­ness Ex­ec­u­tive award, as two of five nom­i­nees in the cat­e­gory.

De­niliquin Chil­dren’s Cen­tre gen­eral man­ager Felic­ity Michael will con­test the Busi­ness Leader award against six other nom­i­nees, and Ex­clu­sive Soft­ware is one of four nom­i­nees in the Ex­cel­lence in In­no­va­tion cat­e­gory.

De­niliquin Busi­ness of the Year win­ner Rive­rina All­weld has won a spot in the Ex­cel­lence in Small Busi­ness award cat­e­gory, as one of seven nom­i­nees, and CareSouth lines up against seven oth­ers in the Ex­cel­lence in Busi­ness cat­e­gory.

In the Ex­cel­lence in Sus­tain­abil­ity award, Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion will go up against five oth­ers, and SunRice is one of three nom­i­nees in the Em­ployer of Choice Award.

Fish park help

Mur­ray Ir­ri­ga­tion Lim­ited has of­fered a help­ing hand to en­sure the De­niliquin recre­ational fish park progress keeps tick­ing along.

Staff from the lo­cal ir­ri­ga­tion com­pany made some re­pairs to the park’s bridge ear­lier this week, and have given a com­mit­ment to pro­vide the reg­u­la­tor that will be vi­tal to re­tain­ing na­tive fish in the la­goon.

Be­ing es­tab­lished in Brown’s Park off Hardinge St, De­niliquin, the recre­ational fa­cil­ity is now of­fi­cially called Wer­rpanakata (pro­nounced Wirr-pah­nakahta).

Yarkuwa Indige­nous Knowl­edge Cen­tre said the name means ‘fish­ing place’ or ‘fish­ing right’ in the lo­cal Wamba/Wemba lan­guage.

Yarkuwa is work­ing with Ed­ward Wakool Angling As­so­ci­a­tion, Ed­ward River Coun­cil and Mur­ray Lo­cal Land Ser­vices to cre­ate the recre­ational fish­ing park and com­plete wet­land im­prove­ments for the other town la­goons.

De­niliquin High School also has a stake in the project, with the school’s in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy stu­dents cre­at­ing each of the parks fish­ing plat­forms.

EWAA mem­ber Ian Fisher said two more plat­forms should be de­liv­ered next term.

For­mer Rams in GF

There’s some lo­cal in­ter­est in the North Cen­tral Foot­ball League grand fi­nal to­mor­row with for­mer Deni Rams Ju­lian Bull and Tim Holobowski set to line up for Wy­che­p­roof Nar­ra­port.

Bull, who is the Demons’ play­ing coach, will lead his charges into bat­tle against Birchip-Watchem Bulls in the de­cider at Boort.

It’s been a dom­i­nant sea­son for Wy­che­p­roof, fin­ish­ing on top of the lad­der with 14 wins, one loss and one draw.

But it will be a tough test, with BirchipWatchem over­com­ing the Demons by 42 points in the semi fi­nal two weeks ago.

De­niliquin’s Sam Lloyd will look to con­tinue his tremen­dous form as he pre­pares for a VFL preliminary fi­nal against the Box Hill Hawks at Fort­burn Sta­dium in Port Mel­bourne to­mor­row.

The win­ner will move on to the VFL grand fi­nal, to be held at Eti­had Sta­dium on Sun­day Sep­tem­ber 24.

Lloyd has played an im­por­tant role for the Rich­mond VFL side, kick­ing a clutch goal in the dy­ing stages of the Tigers’ first fi­nal against Colling­wood and last week kick­ing three goals in the side’s 27 point win over Casey Demons.

It will be an in­ter­est­ing match-up, with the Hawks vic­to­ri­ous in the two sides’ only meet­ing this year, fin­ish­ing 22 points in front of the Tigers back in round five.

Lloyd has had a fan­tas­tic sea­son at VFL level kick­ing 26 goals from 10 games, with his best re­turn com­ing from a mon­strous dis­play against San­dring­ham in round 18, where he col­lected 48 pos­ses­sions and kicked four goals play­ing in the mid­field.

Ride Day Sun­day

Catch all the mo­tocross ac­tion at the De­niliquin Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion’s Steel Sup­plies Ride Day this week­end.

To be held at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s mo­tocross track on Sun­day, the event will also fea­ture a visit from Travis and Nathan Whit­ten from Bulk Nu­tri­ents WBR Mo­tor­cy­cles MX team, ac­cord­ing to as­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary An­drew McBurnie.

‘‘Travis and Nathan will do log-book coach­ing and also help rid­ers ad­just their bikes to suit them,’’ McBurnie said.

‘‘They are both MA level two coaches and have a wealth of knowl­edge when it comes to MX.’’

Gates open at 7.30am and reg­is­tra­tion is from 8am. The rid­ers’ brief­ing will be from 9.30am, with the se­niors first on the bike from 9.45am.

Cof­fee and food vans will be open from about 11am, and a de­li­cious ba­con and egg roll for $5 is sure to be a hit with spec­ta­tors and rid­ers alike.

Every­one must be a mem­ber to ride the tracks, and rid­ers must also have a Mo­tor­cy­cling Aus­tralia li­cence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, head to the Face­book page — De­niliquin Mo­tor­cy­cle As­so­ci­a­tion Inc.

You can also phone Mick Sum­mers on 0408 328 935 or An­drew McBurnie on 0427 811 793, or email den­i­mo­tox@gmail.com.

Win­ter slowly re­cedes

De­spite a sunny start to the week, lo­cals can’t put away the win­ter coat just yet with a cool week­end fore­cast for De­niliquin.

To­mor­row will see a high of 16°C with pos­si­ble early show­ers, and Sun­day is fore­cast to reach a high of 18°C.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy recorded a sunny 25.6°C on Tues­day, the high­est tem­per­a­ture for the month so far.

Lloyd in pre­lim.

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