■ ‘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.