Don’t let your dog make a mess

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

Pic­ture this: You’re a vol­un­teer grounds­man at the Tocumwal Re­cre­ation Re­serve and you use a huge grass cut­ting mower.

As you do rounds of the ground, the ma­chine hits mul­ti­ple dol­lops of dog fae­ces and splat­ters them across the newly mown turf.

Turf that our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren play on.

The en­er­getic games we want our chil­dren to play, such as foot­ball and cricket, for their fit­ness and health, of­ten means that their bod­ies and faces meet the ground; a ground that is splat­tered with dog drop­pings.

There re­ally should not be any dog waste on the oval, as Tocumwal does not have a feral dog prob­lem.

No, the prob­lem comes from lo­cal dog own­ers let­ting their an­i­mals roam free on the play­ing sur­face to do their busi­ness — urine and fae­ces.

Please be aware that there is only one ‘off leash’ area within the town­ship of Tocumwal and this is in Kelly St be­hind the Kingswood Mo­tel.

All other open ar­eas in­clud­ing the re­cre­ation re­serve and the Tocumwal Fore­shore are ‘on leash’ ar­eas.

Over the levee bank is not an ‘off leash’ area and drop­pings must be re­moved if your dog uses the spot. Dogs must be on a leash dur­ing walks on the road.

Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil has sub­stan­tial fines for un­leashed dogs, and if they are taken to the pound there is an ad­di­tional fee there as well.

Some other is­sues which might come to light are: The need to have your dog reg­is­tered which in NSW is a life­time reg­is­tra­tion; Non de-sexed male and fe­male dogs cost a whop­ping $201 to reg­is­ter; de­sexed dogs get a huge dis­count and cost $55 per an­i­mal and if you are a pen­sioner the charge is $23 per an­i­mal.

So what might it cost you if you have your dog off the leash and it fouls the grounds and you do not dispose of the mat­ter?

Well here is the break­down: $220 for an un­leashed dog, $250 for leav­ing fae­cal mat­ter on the ground.

That’s $470 that could have been spent on Christ­mas presents for your fam­ily.

Re­mem­ber the good news is that there is a dogs ‘off leash area’ in Kelly St but re­mem­ber to pick up the drop­pings there too. Dog drop­pings are a public health is­sue.

With the re­turn of the warm weather, we wel­come back the Tocumwal Lions’ weekly Satur­day raf­fle and this week’s win­ner is Ken Rock.

Tocumwal Lions Club played host to a py­jama party on Sun­day when Dr Liz Hoban brought her nightwear col­lec­tion to the Lions Care Cen­tre in Adams St.

Dr Liz, who was born and bred in Tocumwal, heads up a group who run a re­source cen­tre for ex­tremely dis­ad­van­taged women and their fam­i­lies in Cam­bo­dia.

Their vi­sion is a so­ci­ety where peo­ple have eq­ui­table ac­cess to ed­u­ca­tion and sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and to pro­vide train­ing and skills devel­op­ment to the poor­est fam­i­lies in Cam­bo­dia.

The Sangkem Py­jama Project en­gages lo­cal women tai­lors who work with Hope Project Cam­bo­dia to make 100 per cent cot­ton py­ja­mas, night­ies and kaf­tans.

Some of their styles can be worn as light day dresses, and they are finely made and in such con­tem­po­rary styles and colours.

It is in­ter­est­ing to know that in th­ese days when slave labour is rife in the Asia cloth­ing in­dus­try, that the work­ers at Hope are paid above the award wage and the work­ing con­di­tions are so good some ma­chin­ists have been there in ex­cess of 10 years.

One hun­dred per cent of the profit of the cloth­ing sold in Aus­tralia is ploughed back into the devel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tional and health fa­cil­i­ties for the com­mu­ni­ties in ru­ral north­ern Cam­bo­dia.

And of course you can’t have a party with­out cakes and the Lions bak­ers put on a won­der­fully tasty spread for af­ter­noon tea.

Last week on Tues­day the Tocumwal Public School was thor­oughly en­ter­tained by a per­for­mance from Dr Stovepipe, a three piece old-time ensemble of gui­tar, bass, fid­dle and sweet vo­cal har­monies.

All stu­dents K-6 were en­gaged in a demon­stra­tion of how songs evolve and change as they are passed on from one mu­si­cian to the next. Stu­dents learned how sounds and sto­ries can be turned into toetap­ping tunes.

The school would like to thank the gen­eros­ity of the fab­u­lous TPS P&C for pro­vid­ing this won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity each year.

On Mon­day TPS Year 3 and 4 stu­dents headed off to Bo­ram­bola Sport and Re­cre­ation Cen­tre for a two-night ex­cur­sion.

They have had three jam-packed days full of fun and chal­lenges that saw them hav­ing a won­der­ful time away from home.

Both Tocumwal pri­mary schools are pre­par­ing for 2018.

If you have a child to en­rol or know of some­one who has, please en­cour­age them to com­plete and re­turn their en­rol­ment forms as soon as pos­si­ble.

TPS’s next ori­en­ta­tion to Kin­der­garten visit will be Tues­day, Novem­ber 21; this one will also in­volve an in­for­mal meet­ing and morn­ing tea for the par­ents of the new ar­rivals.

A good chance to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the school if you have a first time school starter.

On Fri­day, Novem­ber 24 Fin­ley Public School will be host­ing the Spring Round Robin for stu­dents in Years 3-6.

Stu­dents will be in teams and will ro­tate around the Fin­ley oval play­ing games such as New­combe Ball, Di­a­mond Cricket, 10, 50, 100 and Golden Child, and of course TPS stu­dents will be there at their com­pet­i­tive best.

Book­ings are now be­ing taken for older peo­ple who would oth­er­wise be alone on Christ­mas Day to at­tend ‘Doug’s Christ­mas Day Lun­cheon’ on De­cem­ber 25 at Co­bram Bowl­ing Club.

Book­ings are es­sen­tial by con­tact­ing Co­bram Com­mu­nity House. Par­tic­i­pa­tion is by gold coin do­na­tion. Seats at the lunch are lim­ited. Early book­ings are en­cour­aged to avoid miss­ing out.

The Sa­cred Heart School Tocumwal Com­mu­nity Cal­en­dar for 2018 is now avail­able for peo­ple to col­lect.

A very handy re­source, the cal­en­dars are now out and can be col­lected from newsX­press Tocumwal and the Post Of­fice. Get in early as they will go quickly from th­ese venues.

Thanks to Ber­ri­gan Shire, the skate park in De­niliquin St got a com­pe­ti­tion work­out on Satur­day.

There were kids from all over the shire and some from over the river as well, try­ing their skills on scoot­ers, BMXs and skate­boards.

Run by Skate Park Leagues the day gave the kids a chance to learn and com­pete on ‘home turf’.

Lo­cal mum Re­nee McCal­lum said, ‘‘My sons came home with two raf­fle prizes, se­cond in the un­der 12 skate com­pe­ti­tion, and third in the un­der 14 BMX comp.’’

Dy­lan and Lin­coln McCal­lum had a great day!

Dr Liz Hoban and the py­jama col­lec­tion.

Dy­lan McCal­lum (left) and his brother Lin­coln at the Skate Park on Satur­day.

The Stake Park com­pe­ti­tion about to start on Satur­day.

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