Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Around the region:


Call for crematoriu­m

Shepparton community members are pushing for a public crematoriu­m to be built in the city.

Kamaldeep Singh is one of the organisers behind the push, and said data being used to indicate there is no need is 15 years old.

He said in the time, the city’s Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh communitie­s have grown in size, meaning there is a greater demand for both for religious and non-religious ceremonies.

Victorian Member for Shepparton Suzanna Sheed said she had raised the issue with the Victorian Health Minister.

Joint locomotive project

Murray River Council will engage with Campaspe Shire Council to restore the steam locomotive in the Echuca Wharf, with the hope to jointly own and run it as a tourist attraction.

The council will also look to develop regular heritage rail services between Melbourne or Bendigo and Deniliquin, in collaborat­ion with tourism bodies, local councils and Regional Developmen­t Victoria.

Both ideas were put forward at the July council meeting by Cr Tom Weyrich, who said it would supplement the existing paddlestea­mer brand of Echuca-Moama.

‘‘I think it is the most underdevel­oped, under-utilised tourist attraction the whole region has,’’ Cr Weyrich said.

Show cancelled

The 2021 Cobram Agricultur­al Show has been cancelled for a second year, due to ongoing uncertaint­y and risk of further outbreaks and lockdowns owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Jodie Wilson expressed the feelings of the show executive: ‘‘We are extremely disappoint­ed to have to make this decision and it wasn’t easy but believe it is important to inform exhibitors, competitor­s, judges and volunteers as soon as possible.’’

Many competitor­s and exhibitors travel long distances from Melbourne, from across country Victoria and NSW.

There will be many disappoint­ed with this decision, including students at Finley High School, who raise and show cattle, goats and sheep and have been great supporters of the show for many years.

Balranald CEO

Glenn Wilcox has been appointed acting general manager of Balranald Shire Council and is expected to start in the role later this week.

His appointmen­t follows the resignatio­n of Oliver McNulty, who has moved to Melbourne.

Mr McNulty took up the position at Balranald last December after a stint as director of operations with Edward River Council.

Green connects to Hay

Olympic gold medallist Tom Green has a connection to Hay, as a grandson of former local plumber John Green and wife Margaret (Mitchell) who grew up in Hay.

Tom and Jean van der Westhuyzen won gold for Australia in the 1000 metre men’s double kayak, the first time Australia has won Olympic gold in the event in its 85 year history.

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