Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - WHAT MADE HEADLINES IN 2018 -

■ ‘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.

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