Laugh­ter re­turns to lo­cal play­grounds

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Front Page -

De­niliquin’s parks have been filled with the laugh­ter of keen young­sters ready to play on the equip­ment.

To them, it has felt like an age since they were al­lowed to play out­side with Coronaviru­s re­stric­tions clos­ing all play­grounds at the be­gin­ning of April.

But stage one of eas­ing re­stric­tions meant that as of Fri­day, May 15, out­door equip­ment could be used with cau­tion.

Ed­ward River Coun­cil had its parks and play­grounds re­opened by Sun­day.

De­niliquin’s Deanne Stevens said she was pleased to take her chil­dren out again.

‘‘It is great to see our parks open and be­ing utilised by fam­i­lies,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s been fan­tas­tic to get out of the house and let the kids run around, play, ex­plore and in­ter­act with other chil­dren.’’

Her five year-old and three yearold daugh­ters, Mia and Emme Booth, were ex­cited to visit Scott’s Park, af­fec­tion­ately known as the ‘Rocket Park’.

‘‘It is ex­cit­ing. I wanted to go on the zip line and see my friends be­cause it is so much fun for me,’’ Mia said.

‘‘I like go­ing to the park and go­ing on the swings. It is so much fun on the swings,’’ Emme added.

More Coronaviru­s re­lated re­stric­tions are ex­pected to be eased in com­ing months.

Camp­ing, recre­ational travel and hol­i­days will be al­lowed from June 1 in re­gional NSW, thanks to a fur­ther re­lax­ation of Coronaviru­s re­stric­tions.

The changes were an­nounced on Wed­nes­day, and De­niliquin could reap the ben­e­fits as a prime des­ti­na­tion for those trav­el­ling post iso­la­tion.

Guide­lines ex­plain if you are a NSW res­i­dent, you can visit any­where in re­gional NSW for recre­ation and hol­i­day pur­poses.

Some car­a­van parks and camp­ing grounds will be open, but you must call ahead to con­firm any book­ings and Na­tional Park vis­i­tors should check na­tion­al­ to learn more. People must also fol­low phys­i­cal dis­tanc­ing, good hy­giene prac­tice and un­der­stand public health ad­vice is still in place.

In­ter­state vis­i­tors can also travel to NSW for a hol­i­day, but must fol­low the rules of their home state or ter­ri­tory when re­turn­ing.

McLean Beach Hol­i­day Park man­ager Pam Sut­ton said an in­flux of vis­i­tors will be good for De­niliquin’s econ­omy.

‘‘It would be fan­tas­tic to see an in­crease in trav­ellers to De­niliquin be­cause it is what we, and the econ­omy, need right now,’’ she said.

‘‘We have had more en­quiries from Vic­to­ria than New South Wales, so we might not see much hap­pen un­til Vic­to­ria’s travel re­stric­tions ease.

‘‘We are pre­pared and ready as we can be. We are ex­cited and look­ing for­ward to get­ting some trav­ellers and hav­ing people move around the De­niliquin area.’’

Mrs Sut­ton said De­niliquin is the ideal en­vi­ron­ment to re­lax, even as the mer­cury drops, and to try and for­get about the iso­la­tion we’ve all had to en­dure.

‘‘De­niliquin is one of the best places in Aus­tralia, it is cen­tral to a lot of things, quiet, re­lax­ing and part of a wel­com­ing community, all lo­cated on the mag­nif­i­cent Ed­ward River,’’ she said.

‘‘It is just a wait­ing game now and I think some will be hes­i­tant with other states and ter­ri­to­ries still closed.

‘‘But it will be great when people start com­ing in, us­ing De­niliquin’s busi­nesses, and sup­port­ing us as a small community.’’

■ Mia and Emme Booth play­ing on the swings at Scott’s Park this week.

■ McLean Beach Hol­i­day Park em­ployee Sara Quar­rell and man­ager Pam Sut­ton.

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