Be careful of scam callers: Police
Scam callers appear to be active in the district again, prompting a warning from Deniliquin’s top cop.
Detective Inspector Jy Brown, who is the Deniliquin officer in charge, said three people so far this week have reported receiving calls from self-proclaimed representatives of the Australian Federal Police or Australian Taxation Office.
‘‘The residents were either told there were outstanding warrants for their arrest or that they owed the government money, and were then asked for personal details,’’ Det Insp Brown said.
‘‘Anyone receiving calls of this nature should refuse to give out any personal details.
‘‘You should never give any details to anyone you do not know over the phone or internet, or to people that cannot be verified.
‘‘Anyone who received a call like this can contact Deniliquin Police on 5881 9299, or the ATO or AFP directly to seek verification.’’
Det Insp Brown said the first report of these calls was made on Tuesday.
Noah’s good luck
While many people go through their lives never playing in a sporting grand final, success seems to follow local teenager Noah Bradley.
It was brought to the PASTORAL TIMES’ attention that the 14 year-old has competed in six grand finals over the past three years, including his win as part of Berrigan’s premiership winning footy side in Saturday’s Picola & District League deciders.
Noah qualified for his first grand final in the Deni Rhinos Cricket Club’s inaugural Murray Valley Cricket Association Under 14s season in 2017/18, in which the Rhinos won.
The Rhinos have made the decider in all three years they have competed in the Under 14s competition, winning two out of three flags.
Noah also played for the Deni Rams fourths in the Murray League, with that side competing in back-to-back grand finals in 2018 and 2019, resulting in a loss and a win respectively.
Get the rods ready
Local families are reminded to mark next Saturday, September 26 in the calendars for the Deni Fishing Club’s Fishing Fun Day at Willoughby’s Beach, Deniliquin.
Bait and fishing lines will be supplied by the club, or bring your own rod and get advice from avid anglers about how to make the most if it.
The fun day will run from 11am to 3pm, and include a free barbecue lunch and prizes for various fishing related competitions.
Parents must supervise their own children on the day and COVID-19 rules will apply.
It truly feels like spring now that several adorable clutches of ducklings have popped up throughout Deniliquin.
The Australian Wood Ducks frequent the Waring Gardens and enjoy swimming in the lagoon, which they now do as a family.
Please remember that ducks are quite protective of their young, so take extra care if you encounter the family in the gardens.
According to the Australian Museum, the normal breeding season for the Australian Wood Ducks in the southern part of Australia is between September and November.
Police answer your questions
We asked you to send us your questions about traffic laws, and the Deniliquin police have answered them.
Question: If you see someone swerving or driving dangerously, what should you do?
The best course of action is to pull over, call the police and report the driver’s behaviour. If possible get the registration number and make sure you know where you are including road, direction, suburb or locality. If the driver’s behaviour is very dangerous, call Triple Zero (000).
You can make this report anonymously. Poor driver behaviour can be attributed to many things including fatigue, alcohol, drugs or just irresponsible behaviour.
Police may ask you to make a statement if the driver’s behaviour is not caused by one of the factors listed
This is part of a local initiative to educate drivers.
Email your questions to email@example.com and watch for the answer in the PASTORAL TIMES.
The next LGBTIQ+ friends, family and community coffee catch will be hosted this Saturday.
The catch ups have been extended to every second Saturday, with this week’s to be hosted at Cafe 285 from 10am.
Families, friends and allies of the LGBTIQ community are all invited to attend, and a new venue will be determined each week.
Word of the week
Yarkuwa is working toward revitalising the use of the traditional local language, Wamba Wamba/Wemba Wemba, in all its forms.
As part of keeping the language alive, the PASTORAL TIMES will publish a word of the week in PTEE every week.
The first word of the week is Kolety, which is the traditional name for the Edward River, gazetted as a dual name in 2005.
Like all words that are recorded, the translation from an oral to a written language presents some challenges Kolety is pronounced KOLECH. Emphasis is on the first syllable ‘Kol’ while the second syllable ‘ety’ with the ‘ty’ runs together to form a ‘ch’ sound.
For more information on the language, visit https://culture.yarkuwa.org.au/.
■ This family of ducks was spotted enjoying the sun at the McFaull Park lagoon on Wednesday afternoon.