Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A new cross-border standard

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Since lockdown restrictio­ns have been lifted in Edward River Council, you might be wondering whether you can travel to Echuca.

Edward River is unfortunat­ely still outside the border bubble and therefore residents are unable to visit Victoria unless they possess a permit or if it is for an emergency.

In the words of Deniliquin Health Advisory Committee, ‘‘we can do lots of things on this side of the border’’, so let’s enjoy our local area until we’re all vaccinated against COVID.

Meanwhile, the NSW Government has asked those who are not locked down not to travel further than they need to within the state, stating that the new rules are meant to offer ‘‘relief’’ to communi- ties which are considered low risk.

More details on page 3.

Who can visit?

So what does that mean for our friends and family just over the border?

Again, NSW remains classified as an extreme risk zone, so only those with a permit can cross the border for very specific reasons.

Regardless of having a permit, travelling to a council area outside of the border bubble (Edward River and Murrumbidg­ee councils included), Victorians will be required to follow stay-athome orders.

Shopping local

once again

Intersport Bennetts might have won ‘busiest store’ at the weekend, if such a trophy were available.

Despite capacity limitation­s and requiremen­ts to wear a mask, retail and services were awash with people looking to get their fix.

It was a welcome return for those who were unable to work for the four week period, and Intersport Bennetts store manager Casey Thommers was happy to be welcoming customers back through the doors.

Welcome back

The gates of Deniliquin High School were strewn with banners welcoming back its students yesterday, when face-to-face learning resumed.

The blue and white banners read ‘welcome back’ as students entered the school gates.

Back in action

Deni High was not the only school excited to welcome young people back to the classroom.

Within hours of last Thursday’s announceme­nt that students could return this week, a number of local schools started planning some great activities.

Deniliquin Christian School will host its deferred Book Week celebratio­ns this week, with a book fair and outdoor parade tomorrow.

And this Friday, Mathoura Public School will host its footy colours day, which includes an afternoon of football fun.

Short lived excitement

Still on schools, the youngsters won’t have too long to get back in to the swing of things in the classroom before they are sent home again.

The NSW school holidays begin from the end of the school day on Friday, and will last for two weeks.

At this stage, face-to-face learning is expected to continue when school goes back in October.

Here’s hoping there will be no more disruption­s to learning in Term 4.

Watch that clock

The Deni Ute Muster is usually our glaring reminder that Daylight Saving is due to begin again.

But with no physical event this year, it seemed only appropriat­e to give our readers an early warning.

Daylight Saving begins at 2am on Sunday, October 3 — the day we would normally be recovering from such a huge Muster weekend.

It’s best to wind your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed, so you don’t forget.

Of course, in this digital age many of our devices will change the time automatica­lly for us. But always check so you’re not caught out.

Edward rising

The Edward River at Deniliquin has been rising slowly over the past few days, but river levels were starting to ease off again yesterday.

Since Thursday last week the river height jumped by between 5cm and 10cm per day.

The Edward River was 2.31m at Deniliquin last Thursday morning, and 2.37m on Friday and 2.42m on Saturday morning.

By Sunday morning the river height was 2.46m, but by that evening it had risen again to 2.57m.

At the time of going to print yesterday the height had eased off slightly, to 2.55m.

Hume dam was yesterday 97 per cent full, with releases of just more than 30 gigalitres per day being managed by the Murray Darling Basin Authority.

 ??  ?? ■ The busy thoroughfa­re at Deniliquin CBD on Saturday morning.
■ The busy thoroughfa­re at Deniliquin CBD on Saturday morning.

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