An un­ex­pected guest at beach

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.’’

Pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion

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.

Slowly ris­ing

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.

In­dian Night

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.

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