An unexpected guest at beach
While McLean Beach Holiday Park has had plenty of visitors over the past two weeks there was one unexpected guest that had heads turning.
A blue tongue lizard managed to make its way into the park’s office on Wednesday.
Manager Pam Sutton said it was quite the attraction.
‘‘We’re not sure whether he came in the front or back door but it was a nice surprise,’’ she said.
‘‘It was really good for the children, with a lot of the kids wanting a closer look.
‘‘One kid who is staying here even held the door open for him to go out.
‘‘We called him Bluey and he’s out of the office now, but he is still in the area.’’
Seeing animals around the office is a regular thing according to Pam, with Bluey being the second blue tongue lizard they’ve spotted this summer.
‘‘We also get a few echidnas visit in winter,’’ she said.
‘‘We’ve had some red-belly black snakes as well, but we try to make sure their stay is a bit shorter.’’
Dispatched to Goat Island
District firefighters attached to the Mid Murray Zone Rural Fire Service were dispatched to Victoria earlier this week to assist with a fire near Swan Hill.
The fire started on Goat Island on New Year’s Eve, possibly as a result of fireworks.
The Murray Downs RFS responded about 10pm amid concerns the fire could spread to a nearby caravan park and Riverside Park, which was full of families celebrating New Year’s Eve.
Because access to the island, and therefore the blaze, was restricted, additional help from the Koraleigh RFS, Victorian Country Fire Authority brigades and even the NSW State Emergency Service was required.
RFS Mid-Murray Zone district assistant Terry Campbell the main concern was the heavy tall timber, “because embers were coming off it onto private land and near everyone, especially when we had no vehicle access’’.
‘‘Our other concern was sightseers on the river,’’ Mr Campbell said.
‘‘The fire was contained within two hours, though monitoring is continuing.’’
Looking for a way to escape the heat while still making the most of the summer holidays?
There’s a photography exhibition on display now at the Peppin Heritage Centre in George St, Deniliquin.
Coordinated by the InFocus photography group, it includes a large variety of photos using different mediums and subjects.
There are colour and black and white prints depicting landscapes, portraiture, macro, street and nature photography.
The exhibition will continue until January 16.
It will be replaced by another local art exhibition, with the new ArtLife group taking over the exhibition space at the Peppin Heritage Centre from January 20.
The centre is at the corner of George and Napier Sts in Deniliquin, right in the heart of the CBD, and is open 9am to 4pm daily.
Admission to the museum and exhibition space is $3.
The height of the Edward River at Deniliquin is edging closer to its intended mark after an unexpected draw down last week.
The levels have been hovering at about 2.25m for the last three days, up from 2.2m on Monday.
It got to as low as 2.1m after a reduction in inflows to help drain water out of forests.
Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan has received advice from water authorities the river should rise again to 2.4m or 2.5m, and remain stable at that height for the rest of the summer period.
Deniliquin’s culinary horizons are ever expanding, and the Deniliquin Golf Club will explore one food culture in particular for a special night next week.
The club will host an Indian Night on Friday, January 11 and bookings are being taken now.
Cost is $40 per person which includes a delicious Indian banquet, plus Indian themed music.
Book a table of eight, or individual bookings can be placed on a table.
Free waste disposal
Edward River Council is hosting a free waste disposal weekend at the Deniliquin landfill site this Saturday and Sunday.
Residents are able to dispose of general household waste, as well as larger items such as mattresses, fridges and large whitegoods and furniture items, free of charge.
This service does not extend to tyres, commercial waste and construction and demolition waste.
It’s the lawn
With lots of visitors in town we see different vehicles with interesting sign writing.
One of the best was spotted yesterday in George St, Deniliquin, obviously for a gardening business.
Painted brightly on the side of the ute was ‘LAWN ORDER’ and on the back it promoted ‘LAWN ENFORCEMENT’.
We were told the sign was ‘‘a cut above the rest’’.
Firebombing helicopters were required to fight the blaze on Goat Island, near Swan Hill.
Bluey the blue tongue lizard was greeting guests at McLean Beach Holiday Park on Wednesday.