■ ‘Federal lifeline’ – Omecca Pty Ltd managing director Gary Patterson told the Pastoral Times he was in discussions for Murray Darling Basin Regional Economic Development Programme funding relinquished by Ennor Engineering a month earlier to be allocated to the redevelopment of the Federal Hotel in Deniliquin.
■ ‘Solar opposition’ – A total of 35 objections were received on the development of solar farms at local properties ‘Tarleigh Park’ and and ‘Currawarra’ by RES Australia. No submissions of support were recorded for either project.
■ ‘Post-pursuit crash’ – A car which police alleged to have been involved in a police pursuit in west Deniliquin was later found crashed on Wakool Rd. An 18 year-old man, who police say had injuries consistent with a car crash, was found walking along a road a short distance away.
■ ‘Truck safe appeal’ – Deniliquin Truck Show and Industry Expo committee member Leesa Muir urged Edward River Council to help improve safety for transport industry workers and other road users by establishing a dedicated truck parking and rest area.
■ ‘Deni Show extension’ – The Deniliquin Show announced it would extend its event to three days, possibly for the first time in its 138 year history, to accommodate a growing number of horse events.
■ ‘Event boom’ – The Deniliquin RSL Fishing Classic kicked off a busy period for the district, as the first in a string of consistent events until Easter. The coming events included the inaugural Do It In Deni Street Bazaar to be held in March.
■ ‘Birds gone’ – Edward River Council voted to remove the peacocks and bird aviary from the Waring Gardens despite a strong campaign to retain them. Only three councillors voted to keep the aviary — Mayor Norm Brennan, Ashley Hall and Nick Metcalfe. Despite 1400 signatures to retain, the majority vote was made on an animal welfare basis.
■ ‘Couple’s special Valentine’s Day’ – Deniliquin couple Ron and Norma Barnett celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day.
■ ‘Stronger priorities’ – Edward River Council requested $1 million of its nominal $1.5 million NSW Government Stronger Country Communities allocation be spent to upgrade Deniliquin Town Hall. Three other projects were submitted as priorities for the fund, including a walking track along the Deniliquin lagoon system and upgrades at Scott’s Park in Deni’s west and the adjacent Deniliquin Swim Centre. All but the town hall were committed funding later in the month.
■ ‘David’s catch a Classic record’ – Deniliquin’s David Pearson was named Champion Angler of the Deniliquin RSL Fishing Classic after snagging a 122cm Murray cod during the event. Organisers said it was the biggest caught in the Classic’s 21 year history.
■ ‘Deni’s the Tourism Awards destination’ – Deniliquin was announced as the host of the 2018 Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards and its usual crowd of 150 guests.
■ ‘Relay stars’ – Maisy Edwards and Sarah Young were cheered on by a strong local contingent when they participated in the official Commonwealth Games torch relay through Echuca.
■ ‘Eight honoured on police memorial wall’ – Seven former local police officers and a former police chaplain were honoured during a police reunion in Deniliquin. They were the first to be added to the police memorial wall at the new Deniliquin police station. Honoured were Constable Charles Chapman (died 1866), Senior Const J Morrison (1898), Senior Const Thomas Smith (1910), Superintendent Henry Grugeon (1911), Sergeant George Thomas Whitely (1931), Detective Senior Const Risto Vic Baltoski (1989) and Senior Const Jennifer Louise Edgerton (August 2015) and Rev David Bond.
■ ‘Bilske gets job as Murray River GM’ – Former Deniliquin Council and Edward River Council general manager Des Bilske returned to the region as general manager of neighboring Murray River Council.
■ ‘Plant’s gas delay’ – Dongmun Greentec said it was the inability to secure a gas supply that was holding up plans to build the proposed Deniliquin ethanol plant. It predicted that once resolved, construction would begin in ‘‘12 to 14 months’’.