Deniliquin Pastoral Times

New friend teaches stranger danger

- Mathoura Diary

In the world of today it is important for children to know they can reach out to members of the constabula­ry should they feel they are in danger, alarmed or hurt in any way.

They need to be assured that police officers are their friends,

Many Mathoura Public School students would know, or have come across our local police officer Senior Constable Morgan Hadjialexi­ous, as he carries out his duties locally or is out and about with his family.

However, the youngsters gained a new friend last week when Senior Constable Paul Ebsworth from Deniliquin paid a visit to the school.

He sat down with the youngsters for a couple of informativ­e sessions on safety.

‘Stranger Danger’ was highlighte­d during his chat with the K/1/2 class while the older students in years 3/4 and 5/6 were warned of the dangers of being online and told of ways to keep safe.

Well, it took nearly 18 months, but the curse of COVID finally caught up with us last week.

How have you been handling the lockdown? How is your supply of toilet paper?

It’s been a bit like Christmas time really, where you’re spending a lot of time at home and have trouble trying to remember what day it is.

And just as a matter of interest, I wonder how many people have taken a little drive to see just where 5km takes them.

Hopefully it will be all over soon and we can get back to normal.

If you are a keen shutterbug then its time to give the lens a clean and hit the road in search of some award winning subjects.

Or maybe you will find them in your own backyard.

While all entries for the Mathoura Photograph­y Competitio­n must have been taken within the Murray River Council area, there is a range of topics.

They include: Sheep/shearing/or shearing sheds; Farms and/or rural landscapes; Rural portraits, and/or people (including events).

Entry sections are school age (five to 17 years) and 18 years plus.

There will be overall prizes for best black and white entry and best colour entry.

Want to know more? Email Anne Robertson at

Oh dear, It seems we spoke too soon! I guess we can still keep our fingers crossed that all will be well enough to allow the popular Blumes Fashion event to go ahead next month, but this week’s lockdown may have put the cat amongst the pigeons.

However, it wouldn’t hurt to put a circle around September 22 on your calendar – then watch this space for further news!

 ??  ?? Murray River Police District youth liaison officer Senior Constable Paul Ebsworth with Maddison Rohm (left) and Elka Lilford.
Murray River Police District youth liaison officer Senior Constable Paul Ebsworth with Maddison Rohm (left) and Elka Lilford.

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