Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

■ ‘Back in profit’ – The De­niliquin Ute Muster had a mas­sive turn­around in its fi­nan­cial po­si­tion, im­prov­ing its op­er­at­ing profit by al­most $500,000. The 2016 muster, head­lined by Keith Ur­ban, re­sulted in a op­er­at­ing loss of $225,375 mainly due to wet weather. In 2017, the op­er­at­ing profit was $259,895.

■ ‘Mum’s Day mar­ket can­celled’

– Or­gan­is­ers of the iconic Conargo Mother’s Day Mar­ket an­nounced the event was can­celled in 2018 due to a lack of vol­un­teer sup­port.

■ ‘Still look­ing for her fam­ily’ – Caron Brown used her birth­day to launch a new ap­peal to find her birth par­ents af­ter be­ing left as a new­born on the steps of the De­niliquin Baby Health Cen­tre 45 years ago. She was in De­niliquin in Feb­ru­ary to see if she could trace her fam­ily.

■ ‘We are open’ – A blue green al­gae alert was is­sued for the Ed­ward River at De­niliquin, threat­en­ing the up­com­ing Easter pe­riod, but the busy events cal­en­dar was lauded as the an­swer to still at­tract­ing vis­i­tors.

■ ‘Il­le­gal fire sparks blaze’ –A camp­fire which was not prop­erly ex­tin­guished was be­lieved to have caused a fire in the Bul­latale area and tore through about 10 hectares of bush­land within the Mur­ray Val­ley Na­tional Park. An­other camp­fire in the park’s Ed­ward River camp­ing area also started a sec­ond smaller blaze. Both were lit within the bush fire dan­ger pe­riod.

■ ‘Fund­ing dou­bled’ – An ex­tra $1.5 mil­lion was al­lo­cated to fund dis­trict com­mu­nity projects in the Ed­ward River re­gion from the NSW Gov­ern­ment’s Stronger Coun­try Com­mu­ni­ties fund. Half of the $3 mil­lion was specif­i­cally al­lo­cated to sport­ing in­fra­struc­ture, but the fund­ing in­crease of­fered re­newed hopes for De­niliquin Town Hall up­grades to be suc­cess­ful.

■ ‘Spe­cial in­vite’ – Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Water David Lit­tleproud em­pha­sised his de­ter­mi­na­tion to lead the Mur­ray-Dar­ling Basin Plan through its full com­ple­tion at a meet­ing in Shep­par­ton at­tended by the Speak Up Cam­paign.

■ ‘Deni pays trib­ute to Chummy’ – A guard of hon­our formed by more than 60 peo­ple who knew and loved James ‘Chummy’ Bartlett was a fit­ting way to pay trib­ute to the De­niliquin Rams Foot­ball Net­ball Club stal­wart.

■ ‘Goal smashed’ – Brenda Nor­man of­fi­cially reached her fundrais­ing goal for her ‘Chan­nel 4 Change’ char­ity of $40,000, but promised to keep rais­ing funds to sup­port youth men­tal health pro­grams. She launched the char­ity in 2017 at the same time she an­nounced she would at­tempt to swim the English Chan­nel.

■ ‘Run­way plan’ – The in­vest­ment in a run­way ex­pan­sion at De­niliquin Air­port moved to the top of the ‘to do’ list for Ed­ward River Coun­cil, which had re­quested a meet­ing with Fed­eral Mem­ber for Far­rer Sus­san Ley and NSW Mem­ber for Mur­ray Austin Evans to se­cure $10 mil­lion in fund­ing from each level of gov­ern­ment.

■ ‘Re­nal unit now open’ – The 18 month project to es­tab­lish a De­niliquin Re­nal Unit, spear­headed by con­cerned com­mu­nity mem­bers with sup­port of the Pastoral Times, cul­mi­nated in the of­fi­cial open­ing of the dial­y­sis unit.

■ ‘River right for Easter’ – The blue green al­gae red alert for the Ed­ward River was lifted, and was a big re­lief for those who feared it would im­pact on Easter vis­i­tor num­bers.

■ ‘Twin joy . . . more boys’ – De­niliquin cou­ple Sherae Barnes and Shaun Mills wel­comed twin boys Lenny and Char­lie, giv­ing them enough boys to start their own bas­ket­ball team. The twins are brothers for Shaun’s four chil­dren — Dy­lan, Zac, Josh and Will.

■ ‘Globe re-launch tonight’ – Two moths af­ter its roof was torn off in a freak storm which caused other dam­age, the De­niliquin Globe Ho­tel re­opened for busi­ness.

■ ‘Baby ar­rives in bath­room’ – Brid­gette Cun­ning­ham de­liv­ered her daugh­ter Eve­lyn Rob­son in the bath­room of her De­niliquin home one hour af­ter ‘‘nig­gly pains’’ started two weeks be­fore her due date. It started a chain re­ac­tion of events that nearly claimed her life, with Brid­gette los­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of blood when a re­main­ing piece of pla­centa caused her to haem­or­rhage.

■ ‘Train wreck’ – Long-time ir­ri­ga­tor Neil Ea­gle likened the Mur­rayDar­ling Basin Plan and re­sult­ing water poli­cies to a train wreck ‘‘and no one is talk­ing about it’’ when giv­ing ev­i­dence to the Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion in De­niliquin. It was be­lieved to have been the first Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion hear­ing to be held in De­niliquin.

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