Deni’s home­town he­roes prove the strong val­ues of lo­cal life

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

While the Ute Muster is by far De­niliquin’s largest am­pli­fier in telling the world what this town has to of­fer, we’re proud to say that’s not the only thing we can hang our hat on.

The sport­ing roy­alty to come out of this re­gion is ev­i­dent.

There’s those who called De­niliquin home for a short time — like crick­eters Adam Gilchrist and Si­mon O’Don­nell — and lo­cally-ed­u­cated lads mak­ing a name for them­selves in foot­ball like Todd Mar­shall, Sam Lloyd and for­mer Syd­ney Swan Leo Barry.

But this district has also pro­duced some of the best es­tab­lished and up­com­ing names in the cul­tural world too.

Just last week we fea­tured home­town boy Dylan Hare, who is now mak­ing waves for his hi­lar­i­ous cameo ap­pear­ances on the ABC hit show Black Com­edy.

So im­pressed with Dylan’s pas­sion and nat­u­ral abil­ity for the role, what was ini­tially meant to be a fleet­ing in­volve­ment with the show, has turned into some­thing with more sub­stance, giv­ing Dylan ac­cess to some of Aus­tralia’s best pro­duc­ers.

In to­day’s edi­tion we fea­ture an ‘old hat’ in the in­dus­try — De­niliquin­born film and tele­vi­sion pro­ducer Michael McMa­hon who will be be­stowed a Life­time Achieve­ment Award for his com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion to the in­dus­try.

We can also lay claim to a por­tion of the band King Giz­zard and the Lizard Wizard who have been tour­ing the world, and most re­cently Mex­ico, with Deni lads Eric Moore and Michael Ca­vanagh front and cen­tre.

One third of com­edy trio Axis of Awe­some — Lee Naimo — is also a for­mer De­niliquin High School stu­dent.

And how many more are there out there that have gone on to big things that we don’t hear or know about.

While each has had to leave De­niliquin to fol­low their dreams and ‘hit the big time’, each would un­doubt­edly credit their coun­try up­bring­ing and the val­ues in­stilled in them grow­ing up in De­niliquin as a con­trib­u­tor to their suc­cess — Mr McMa­hon cer­tainly does.

It’s easy to write De­niliquin off as a small coun­try town with lim­ited prospects, espe­cially as the drought takes its hold again, but you can­not ar­gue that it is the back­bone for many peo­ple we con­sider to have reached great heights.

These stars of their re­spec­tive in­dus­tries show that life is what you make it, and De­niliquin has given them a hand up.

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