Heat­wave takes its toll at TAFE

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

In­tense heat con­di­tions are tak­ing a toll . . . and not just on hu­mans and an­i­mals.

Sev­eral branches from the eu­ca­lyp­tus trees sur­round­ing De­niliquin TAFE came down over the week­end.

There has been no se­ri­ous dam­age to the De­niliquin TAFE cam­pus as a re­sult, although a few fences have been flat­tened by the fall­ing limbs.

The PAS­TORAL TIMES be­lieves it is re­lated to the heat and on­go­ing dry con­di­tions, with the fallen branches ap­pear­ing very dry and brit­tle.

Peo­ple are warned to take care around the trees in or­der to avoid se­ri­ous in­jury or death.

It’s not great news given we will all be scram­bling for what­ever shade we can find as the mer­cury soars again.

Tem­per­a­tures this week are pre­dicted to ex­ceed weather records of mod­ern times, with 47°C pre­dicted for to­mor­row.

Mod­ern weather data records show the high­est Jan­uary tem­per­a­ture on record was 46°C on Jan­uary 23, 2001.

How­ever, the Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy’s more thor­ough weather data places the record at 49.6°C on Jan­uary 12, 1878.

To­day is pre­dicted to only be two de­grees cooler than the week’s top, and then we’ll see a steady de­cline in the weather un­til the end of the week.

At this stage Thurs­day is pre­dicted to have a top of 43°C, then down to 40°C on Fri­day and a more com­fort­able 32°C and 33°C on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day re­spec­tively.

Re­mem­ber to stay hy­drated and keep out of di­rect sun­light and the heat if you can.

Don’t risk it

Dis­trict res­i­dents are be­ing urged to use com­mon sense this week as the mer­cury soars to stifling tem­per­a­tures.

It comes after Mid Mur­ray Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice fire­fight­ers were called to a rub­bish fire which could have caused a sig­nif­i­cant amount of dam­age in Ko­raleigh on Fri­day night, about 9.30pm.

‘‘We don’t want any­one to light fires in this 40 plus weather,’’ NSW Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Dis­trict Co-or­di­na­tor Doug Adam­son said.

Spread it out

The other thing to watch out for in these blis­ter­ing con­di­tions, ac­cord­ing to Mr Adam­son, is a hay stack fire.

A 600-bale blaze at Barham on Fri­day morn­ing was the sixth in the Mid Mur­ray Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice zone so far this sum­mer, and was still smoul­der­ing on Mon­day.

Mr Adam­son warns there could be more given the weather con­di­tions.

He said bale tem­per­a­tures should be mon­i­tored reg­u­larly, and bales sep­a­rated if it’s get­ting too hot.

Sam’s at it again

Was it some­thing we said? In our pre­vi­ous two edi­tions we’ve re­ported the rise of crick­eter Sam Harper — son of De­niliquin & Dis­trict Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion leg­end Bryan Harper.

In P.Tee on Fri­day (‘Sam’s the Man’) we re­ported he re­ceived Man of the Match hon­ours against the Ho­bart Hur­ri­canes as an edi­tion fea­tur­ing an ar­ti­cle on Sam and his fa­ther was go­ing to print.

In what seems like deja vu, as we went to print Thurs­day night Sam was again dom­i­nat­ing for the Mel­bourne Rene­gades and for the sec­ond match in a row he was awarded Man of the Match.

Sam sur­passed his high­est score of 36 with a 56 run ef­fort for the ‘Gades’ help­ing to chase down the 144 run tar­get set by the Bris­bane Heat.

In his not out match win­ning ef­fort, Sam hit seven fours and a six off 40 balls for a strike rate of 140.0.

Un­for­tu­nately Sam’s good run came to an end on Sun­day night when the Rene­gades were thrashed by the Bris­bane Heat at Kar­dinia Park in Gee­long.

Sam hit six runs off nine balls, in­clud­ing one four, be­fore be­ing caught by Max Bryant (Man of the Match) at cover off bowler Josh Lalor.

ArtLife Ex­hi­bi­tion

An ar­ray of lo­cal artists will be show­cased in a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Pep­pin Her­itage Cen­tre in Ge­orge St, De­niliquin start­ing this Thurs­day.

Six­teen of the 22 artists in­volved in the lo­cal lo­cal art group, ArtLife, will be show­cased in the ex­hi­bi­tion space.

It is the group’s first ex­hi­bi­tion and will run through un­til Wednes­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

All works on dis­play can be pur­chased.

En­try to the ex­hi­bi­tion space in $3 per per­son.

Stu­dents ar­rived at the Deni TAFE cam­pus yes­ter­day to find a num­ber of fallen branches, some which had flat­tened fences.

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