What made head­lines in 2018

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■ ‘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.

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