■ ‘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■ ‘Park lease withdrawn’ – Plans to establish an educational and research facility at the Murray Valley Industry Park near Deniliquin were officially abandoned.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.