Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

■ ‘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’’.

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