Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Fallen branch crushes boat
A small boat moored near McLean Beach, Deniliquin has been smothered by a large fallen eucalyptus tree branch.
The damage was spotted on Sunday evening, and was yet to be cleaned up yesterday morning.
Eucalyptus trees are pretty hardy, but are prone to dropping branches which can pose danger to both property and people.
The usual cause of branch drop in eucalyptus trees is disease, but as trees grow and age they can become damaged by weathering or other environmental factors.
The extended drought can be another factor.
Sunday’s strong winds of up to 46km probably didn’t help either.
So keep an eye out when you are out and about and always take care when you are under a tree.
Teachers start challenge
While most people kicked back and relaxed for yesterday’s Labour Day public holiday, three local teachers pushed themselves to the limit.
Deniliquin North Public School principal Mark Peterson and Deniliquin High School physical education teachers Brenda Norman and Josh Perizzolo embarked on their ‘Be Active’ Five in Five challenges.
Mr Peterson started his 212km hike along the Long Paddock touring route, Miss Norman swam her first leg of her 100km swim of the Edward River over five days, and Mr Perizzolo completed the first 160km of his 800km cycle.
The Deni Five in Five campaign is an initiative based on the five ways to wellbeing.
It is run by Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group in partnership with Channel4 Change and Hiking 4 Health, Habitat and Humanity.
It aims to raise awareness of mental illness and mental wellbeing during Mental Health Month in October.
Visit www.denimentalhealth.org.au to read more about the five ways to wellbeing and the Five in Five Challenge.
■ Anyone requiring crisis support can contact NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.
Collingwood supporters were all smiles on Sunday following the AFL team’s one-point elimination final win against West Coast on Saturday night, but there was one smile that stood out most.
While some golfers wore their Collingwood colours at the Navorina Auxiliary Charity Golf Day, Tony Tonta said he was wearing his ‘Collingwood smile’, pointing out his visibly missing a tooth to PT journalist Jamie Lowe.
‘‘I look like a true Collingwood supporter,’’ he said with a laugh.
‘‘Recently I was eating dinner and the crown I had disappeared.
‘‘I could’ve worn my colours but what’s more Collingwood than having a missing tooth.’’
Beautiful weekend weather meant locals and visitors alike were out and about, buzzing around town.
There were plenty of caravans seen coming through Deniliquin over the weekend, with some even staying to camp for the long weekend.
And despite the Deni Ute Muster being cancelled, it seemed as though some ute lovers still made the pilgrimage to Deni October long weekend.
It wasn’t just visitors taking advantage of great weather and an extended weekend either, with plenty of locals also going camping and even fishing.
And it was perfect weather with the Bureau of Meteorology recording a maximum temperatures in the mid 30s on both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday started with a low of 11.5°C before reaching a top of 32.1°C and plenty of sunshine.
Sunday was overcast for part of the day but was still warmer than a day earlier, with a low of 16.5°C and a high of 34.1°C — the hottest day since March.
It’s not to last though. The mercury is not expected to rise too much over 20°C for most of this week, with tops of 25°C predicted for both Saturday and Sunday according to Elders Weather.