Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

■ ‘New care cen­tre’ – The team which es­tab­lished Fin­ley Early Learn­ing Cen­tre in 2016 an­nounced it would open a De­niliquin Early Learn­ing Cen­tre. It would fill the gap left by the sur­prise clo­sure of Kids Choice in June.

■ ‘Air­line talks’ – Ed­ward River Coun­cil started set­ting up meet­ings with air­lines to de­velop a pro­posal to turn De­niliquin Air­port into a re­gional air freight hub. Coun­cil was ad­vised to start the process by a Fed­eral Govern­ment ad­vi­sor while it awaited the out­come of fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions sub­mit­ted to the fed­eral and NSW govern­ments to­talling $20 mil­lion.

■ ‘Po­lice youth hub’ – A pro­posal to use the dis­used De­niliquin Po­lice bar­racks for a youth hub to meet ed­u­ca­tional and recre­ational needs was raised by Mur­ray River Po­lice Dis­trict of­fi­cers. The plan for the bar­racks, lo­cated next to the new po­lice sta­tion and her­itage listed, is to cre­ate meet­ing spa­ces, bar­be­cue fa­cil­i­ties, a half bas­ket­ball court and po­ten­tially a com­mu­nity gar­den. Its de­vel­op­ment would de­pend on fi­nan­cial sup­port and co-op­er­a­tion from lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

■ ‘Splash park for sum­mer’ – The $434,500 con­tract to de­liver a splash park at the De­niliquin Swim Cen­tre was awarded to Wa­ter Fea­tures by De­sign. Ed­ward River Coun­cil es­ti­mated the splash park would be com­mis­sioned by the open­ing of the swim sea­son.

■ ‘Werai trans­fer’ – A man­age­ment plan was started for the Werai group of forests near De­niliquin which would see own­er­ship trans­ferred to the Werai Land and Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion. Neigh­bor­ing land­hold­ers said there were still a lot of unan­swered ques­tions about what it would ac­tu­ally mean in terms of man­age­ment, but it could be pos­i­tive if done right and with mean­ing­ful in­put from the land­hold­ers.

■ ‘From a wheel­chair, to walk­ing on stage’ – Laura Camp­bell had gone from at­tend­ing De­niliquin schools in a wheel­chair to walk­ing onto some of the most cov­eted per­for­mance stages for a bud­ding co­me­dian. She chose to use the ex­po­sure as an op­por­tu­nity to re­move the taboo as­so­ci­ated with dis­abil­ity, hav­ing lived with con­gen­i­tal hip dys­pla­sia and then di­ag­nosed with lupis at 17.

■ ‘$25m to start’ – The Ed­ward River Coun­cil Ad­vo­cacy Strat­egy was re­leased, out­lin­ing in what ar­eas pres­sure would be ap­plied to the fed­eral and state govern­ments to get fund­ing for projects. On top of its call for $20 mil­lion air­port fund­ing, it wanted a $1.5 mil­lion in­vest­ment in De­niliquin Hospi­tal, a $3 mil­lion in­vest­ment in De­niliquin High School and $500,000 to de­velop a ded­i­cated truck stop. It was also seek­ing more sup­port to con­tinue and in­crease in­vest­ment in mo­bile blackspot pro­grams, and a com­mit­ment to min­imise im­pacts of the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin Plan, with a spe­cific de­mand that there be no fur­ther wa­ter buy-backs.

■ ‘Golden re­sult’ – Two Rive­rina Mur­ray Re­gional Tourism Awards gold medals re­mained in De­niliquin after the Ute Muster won in the Fes­ti­vals and Events cat­e­gory and Ed­ward River Coun­cil won in the Desti­na­tion Mar­ket­ing cat­e­gory. The gala cer­e­mony, which at­tracted more than 150 peo­ple, was hosted at the Ute Muster site.

■ ‘River land’ – Ed­ward River Coun­cil con­firmed its new Ru­ral Res­i­den­tial Strat­egy would in­ves­ti­gate the re­lease of river frontage blocks for de­vel­op­ment. They would be the first re­leased in the De­niliquin area in at least 15 years.

■ ‘Record sheep sale’ – A record price of $278.60 a head was achieved at the De­niliquin sheep sale. De­niliquin farmer Jane Cald­well’s first and sec­ond cross­bred lambs at­tracted hot bid­ding due to their weight.

■ ‘An­other wing still to come’ – A sep­a­rate de­men­tia wing, a new cen­tral kitchen and ren­o­va­tions to cre­ate 52 mod­ern, sin­gle oc­cu­pancy rooms are all yet to come at Na­vo­rina Nurs­ing Home in De­niliquin. The fu­ture projects were an­nounced dur­ing the of­fi­cial open­ing of the Hunter Lan­dale Wing.

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