What made headlines in 2018
■ ‘Skier hurt in river drama’ –A 32 year-old Victorian man suffered what witness reports described as a near amputation of an arm while skiing at Picnic Point at Mathoura. He cut his arm on the tow rope during a fall.
■ ‘Council to reallocate airport cash’ – Council started the process of reallocating $750,000 in MurrayDarling Regional Economic Diversification Programme funding after Ennor Engineering relinquished its share. The company shelved plans for an expansion the money was to fund.
■ ‘Family’s warning after shock death’ – Paul Norrish, 30, died following a severe case of sepsis originally thought to be a bad case of gastroenteritis prompting warnings from the family.
■ ‘West end units approved’ –A $2 million residential development in west Deniliquin passed the first stage in the approvals process, with Edward River Council approving a development application for 15 two-storey units in Henry St submitted by 8 Figure Developments.
■ ‘Fiery crash sparks renewed cull call’ – Passengers on a V/Line bus from Melbourne to Deniliquin witnessed a car roll and then burst into flames after a collision with a kangaroo on the Cobb Highway.
■ ‘Doctor delivers first New Year
baby’ – Jerilderie doctor Assem Al Jaf and his wife Marwa’s son Ali was the first baby delivered at Deniliquin Hospital in 2018.
■ ‘Shots fired’ – Two shots were fired through the front of a Deniliquin home, which police later confirmed was vacant at the time. A 44 year-old woman was arrested in Finley and a 59 year-old Savernake man also charged with the incident a week later.
■ ‘Cage fight’ – Deniliquin’s Suzy Keys launched an 11th hour bid to stop the Waring Gardens peacocks and their aviary being removed. In a matter of days she managed to collect 500 signatures on a petition, in addition to a combined 900 signatures on two petitions organised by Angus McKinnon and a Mathoura business.
■ ‘Parent helper’s life surprise’ – Felicity Michael was made a life member of Deniliquin’s Edward School Parents and Citizens Committee after 13 years as a dedicated member.
■ ‘Spray on weeds’ – Murray River Council signalled the end of the Central Murray Country Council when it voted to withdraw its membership in the new financial year. Leaving only Edward River and Berrigan Shire councils as members, the future of the CMCC and its Finley and Deniliquin staff was in question.
■ ‘Wake and bake’ – Near record high temperatures of almost 45°C greeted competitors and spectators of the Wakeboard Victoria championships round at Deniliquin Boat Club, which was the first ever held in Deniliquin.
■ ‘Quick thinking helps prevent truck fire’ – Three local business owners came to the aid of local man Chris Horne when an issue with his brakes threatened to engulf his truck in flames. Stopping on the side of Barham Rd after noticing smoke coming from the brake compartment, Ben Danckert, Dennis Jukes and Mick Thorpe provided help with fire extinguishers and a water tanker.
■ ‘Silver medal’ – Lindsay Renwick was bestowed an Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day honours list for ‘‘service to local government, and to the community of Deniliquin’’.
■ ‘SunRice looks at list options’ – SunRice flagged an intention to grow a deeper pool of capital for the company through international investors, opening investigations on listing with the likes of the New Zealand, New York and Singapore stock exchanges.
■ ‘Globe Hotel torn apart in freak
storm’ – Deniliquin’s Globe Hotel was the biggest casualty in a storm which produced winds with speeds up to 80km/h. The hotel’s entire tin roof was torn off, landing on the road and cars in front of it, and it’s front verandah partially collapsed. ■ ‘Selfless Citizen’ – Deniliquin’s Daryl Whateley was named Edward River Council Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day ceremony in Deniliquin. Other award winners were: Young Citizen of the Year - Caitlin Paul; Event of the Year - Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo; Arts and Culture Award - Alex Allitt (senior) and Keily Nethercote (junior); Bill Hermiston Memorial Environment Award - Deniliquin Lagoons Restoration Project’s Werrpanakatta Fish Park.