Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - WHAT MADE HEADLINES IN 2018 -

■ ‘Home­less shock’ – Statis­tics showed that 10 peo­ple who sought as­sis­tance from St Vin­cent De Paul in De­niliquin dur­ing April were of­fi­cially de­clared as home­less. An­other 66 in­di­vid­u­als or fam­i­lies re­quired as­sis­tance with ba­sic liv­ing ex­penses in the same month.

■ ‘Wear­ing red for a river walk’ – More than 100 lo­cals donned some­thing red to take part in the an­nual Deni Kisses Good­bye to MS river walk. Par­tic­i­pants fol­lowed the scenic river walk to raise funds and aware­ness for the chronic dis­ease Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis.

■ ‘Deni teacher’s sport­ing hon­our’ – Ed­ward Pub­lic School teacher Sarah Young was pleas­antly sur­prised to re­ceive the ‘Teach­ers Mu­tual Bank School Sport Teacher Recog­ni­tion Award’ for May. The award was in­tro­duced to recog­nise the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion teach­ers make to sport.

■ ‘Re-elected un­op­posed’ – Three De­niliquin RSL Club board mem­bers were re­elected un­op­posed at the club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing — David McGee, Dan Salmon and Glenn Nether­cote.

■ ‘Park lease with­drawn’ – Plans to es­tab­lish an ed­u­ca­tional and re­search fa­cil­ity at the Mur­ray Val­ley In­dus­try Park near De­niliquin were of­fi­cially aban­doned. It was a dis­ap­point­ing out­come af­ter con­sid­er­able ef­fort to­wards the pro­ject, which re­volved around ed­u­ca­tion for Chi­nese stu­dents.

■ ‘Mar­ket’s new high’ – Strong com­pe­ti­tion pushed water prices in the area to new highs when Mur­ray Ir­ri­gation en­ti­tle­ments and ground­wa­ter at­tached to the prop­erty ‘Nin­de­thana’ were sold sep­a­rately at auc­tion on May 11. They went for $1820 a me­gal­itre and $1275/ML re­spec­tively.

■ ‘Fish Park stock­ing’ – Na­tive fish were re­lo­cated from Barham Lake to De­niliquin Fish Park in an at­tempt to re­cover threat­ened species of fish.

■ ‘Caved in ceil­ing crushes dream’ – De­niliquin cou­ple Yvonne and Roger Hall’s dream of open­ing up their col­lec­tion of lo­cal trea­sures to the pub­lic was shat­tered af­ter the ceil­ing of their home caved in. They said ter­mites were to blame.

■ ‘Cel­e­brat­ing our nurses’ – Med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als gath­ered at De­niliquin Hospi­tal to cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Nurses Day and In­ter­na­tional Day of the Mid­wife.

■ ‘Deni man sur­vives he­li­copter crash’ – For­mer De­niliquin man Nick Dohnt was lucky to be a alive fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous he­li­copter crash near the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and Queens­land bor­der. The 30 year-old crashed on a prop­erty near the Alpurru­ru­lam com­mu­nity. Nick lost the end of his nose as part of his in­juries and the chop­per he was fly­ing was left a crum­pled and man­gled mess. Speak­ing to the PAS­TORAL TIMES fol­low­ing his re­lease from hospi­tal later in the month, Nick ad­mit­ted that ‘‘not many peo­ple sur­vive a he­li­copter crash like this one’’.

■ ‘Max­i­mum rate rise’ – House­hold rates rose by the max­i­mum al­low­able 2.3 per cent un­der the Ed­ward River Coun­cil’s first bud­get, with other coun­cil ser­vices in­creas­ing by about 2.5 per cent.

■ ‘Po­lice Praise’ – De­niliquin Po­lice praised the be­hav­iour of lo­cal driv­ers fol­low­ing a three day blitz. Only one per­son was charged with drink driv­ing from the 616 road­side breath tests in the De­niliquin area.

■ ‘Nick shines with his com­mu­nity ser­vice’ – Nick Glowrey’s work in the lo­cal com­mu­nity was recog­nised when he re­ceived the Ro­tary Shine On award at a cer­e­mony in Mel­bourne. Di­ag­nosed with autism spec­trum dis­or­der at a young age, Nick was awarded for his ‘can do’ at­ti­tude and his in­volve­ment with a va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity clubs and pro­grams.

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