Large limb smoth­ers park bar­bie

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.

Lo­cal ex­po­sure

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.

Royal cov­er­age

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.

Wa­ter­ing hole

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.

Snake tales

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.

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