■ ‘Ag Minister in town to tackle water’ – Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud called upon the states to have a mature discussion on the controversial 450 gigalitres of upwater proposal while in Deniliquin.
– Blighty farmer and Murray Dairy board member Lachlan Marshall called on frameworks to be built to help ‘‘bring some ethics to the process around contracting and milk supply’’.
■ – Members of the Murray Regional Strategy Group demanded action from Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud, saying they were confident their message for fairness, balance and transparency in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan process had been heard.
■ – Deniliquin’s Salvation Army was left ‘‘disappointed’’ after an entire bin load of donations had to be cleaned up and discarded at the service’s expense. It was not the first time the bins were rummaged through leaving donations strewn across the pavement.
■ – American country music superstar Tim McGraw was unveiled as the headline act for Deni Ute Muster’s 2019 event in an early and much celebrated announcement.
■ – Five boat loads of rubbish were collected by Deniliquin Rotary during an organised Edward River clean-up.
■ – Wakool and district community farmers were forced to find work in other states just to earn enough money to maintain stock on their properties. Many of them had to abandon their family traditions of growing rice as a result of water availability issues, with the NSW Murray Valley remaining on zero per cent of general security irrigation entitlement.
■ ‘Massive loss’ – Water policies like the Murray Darling Basin Plan and water sharing rules which restrict irrigation allocations to the local area were listed as contributing factors to significant financial losses at Murray Irrigation Limited in the 2017/2018 financial year. The company announced at its AGM that it ended the 12 months with a $6.3 million deficit in its earning before tax and interest.
■ – A Deniliquin woman standing trial for the attempted murder of one of her sons and the murder of another son in the Murray River at Moama was found not guilty. The verdict was delivered by way of mental illness.
■ ‘Village progress’ – Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) was appointed the preferred developer for Edward River Council’s retirement living project in Deniliquin.
■ – The immediate future of the Deniliquin Rice Mill was again in doubt after SunRice announced significant pending cuts to production. Up to 100 jobs were expected to be lost during the staged shut down of the Deniliquin Rice Mill. The reduction was in direct response to the predicted low rice crop this season, as a result of a lack of water allocations.
■ Tourism Awards nod for Visit Deni’ – The Edward River Council’s Visit Deni Destination Campaign received a bronze award at the NSW Tourism Awards. It competed in the Destination Marketing category, which was won by the Shoalhaven 100 Beach Challenge Campaign.