Large limb smothers park barbie
A large portion at the Poictiers St end of the Deniliquin RSL Park has disappeared under a fallen branch.
Unofficial reports received by the PASTORAL TIMES suggest the large limb fell on Sunday evening, allegedly narrowly missing a family using the barbecue area at the time.
The tree has been propped up by the shade sail over the barbecue area, but some smaller branches have pierced the material.
Leaves and other debris cover the area.
The limb — which is still partially attached to the tree just outside the park boundary on Poictiers St — fortunately fell in the opposite direction to the relatively new wheelchair swing.
SES tape will section off the area until the limb can be removed.
It is unclear what caused the limb to fall, though it has been suggested tree rot may be a contributor due to the tree’s size and age.
Strong winds may have also been a factor, with gusts recorded up to 74km/h on Sunday.
There was good exposure in the media for the Deni district over the Christmas period.
A highlight was Peri Chappell’s appearance on the Logie winning lifestyle program ‘The Living Room’, alongside television personality Dr Chris Brown.
It gave extensive coverage of Peri’s work with her Herd2Homes program, which re-homes working dogs.
Since Herd2Homes was established three years ago, it has rescued more than 1600 dogs and has worked with pounds, shelters and RSPCAs.
The Booroorban Hotel had a pre-Christmas publicity boost when it featured in the December 26 edition of The Weekly Times.
Hosts Roger and Mandy Trist, both originally from Deniliquin, told the story of their move to Booroorban 20 years ago and their battles to keep the historic Royal Mail Hotel operating, including the challenges to secure a new licence.
Deni a ‘hot spot’
We all know it’s been a tad warm, and you’re reassured that’s the case when the local temperature gets featured on page three of The Australian.
In its article last Friday on the national heatwave it featured three NSW ‘hot spots’, including Deniliquin at a 44.3 degrees, slightly below Hay Airport at 44.5 but above Griffith which only just made it to 43.
At least we were well below the WA ‘hot spots’, headed by Marble Bar which almost made it to 50.
At nearby Tocumwal, a koala featured on Sunday night’s National Nine News as it enjoyed some respite from the heat with a cool drink.
Across the Murray at Strathmerton an even friendlier koala took a welcome sip from a water bottle.
With the intense heats comes warnings about snake movements.
Experts say that while snakes love the warmer conditions, they too will be on the look out for a slightly cooler spot in these blistering conditions.
It increases the likelihood of coming across one of the slithering reptiles . . . just ask PT staffer Kylie Davis.
At her Willow Drive home Kylie and her family encountered five snakes in three days — two brown snakes and three red-bellied black snakes.
Given their location and the appeal of their chook shed, Kylie said seeing snakes on the property is not new. But she said five in three days is more concerning than the average of three a year.
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A large limb has fallen and smothered one of two barbecue areas at the Deniliquin RSL Park.