Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Albury COVID cases, but no more since
Two positive COVID-19 cases were recorded in Albury on Wednesday, but no further cases were identified in the Murrumbidgee Local Health District yesterday.
MLHD — which also incorporates the Edward River Council region — had not recorded a positive COVID case in about 12 months before the Albury cases.
Stay-at-home orders have been reimposed for Albury, but Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro does not anticipate other MLHD communities to be locked down.
Contact tracing identified a public transport route as an exposure site on Sunday, between 7.43am and 3.18pm.
Anybody on the Regional Train Service Central Station, Sydney and route 623 to Albury Station is being asked to get a COVID test and isolate for a minimum of 14 days.
Other areas of concern identified yesterday were:
● Reece Plumbing, Dallinger Road, Lavington on Monday September 13, between 11.22am – 2.28pm.
● Summit Power, 146 Fallon Street, Albury on Monday September 13, between 11.22am – 2.28pm
One of the Albury cases is self isolating in Albury while the other is being cared for in Wodonga.
The Rose Cottage Wildlife Rescue, started by Roxy Phillips, has taken in a baby echidna, known as a ‘puggle’.
The puggle is so young, it is completely without spikes and is yet to open its eyes.
The puggle was taken to the vet for ‘‘subcutaneous antibiotics for puncture wounds’’.
Tracking a traveller
An adult straw-necked ibis known as ‘Elf’ has been tracked hundreds of kilometres between Tatura, Victoria and Bundure, NSW.
The bird is tracked by the CSIRO and the Waterbirds Australia Facebook page reported on her movements on Monday.
‘‘Since our last update, Elf has moved from near Jerilderie to west of Shepparton — and looks like she’s continuing to move,’’ Waterbirds Australia said.
The page guessed she might return to her old nesting ground at Kow Swamp, Victoria, where two other birds with lightweight GPS backpacks — Han Solo and Johnny — have been located.
Elf has been tracked for three years, journeying as far north as Queensland during the cooler months and south to Victoria in the warmer months according to the CSIRO.
She has recorded more than 13,000 GPS locations since 2017.
A new sign has been added to the fish park at Brown Park, on the corners of Hardinge and Whitelock Sts in Deniliquin to denote the cultural connection such wetlands have to First Nations in the area.
Four volunteers from the Deniliquin Kolety Lagoons Landcare Group helped install the ‘Werrapanakata’ sign on Wednesday, which translates to ‘‘fishing place’’.
‘‘Kudos to the amazing volunteers of the lagoons group. That took some manpower!’’ the group said on its Facebook page.
The park has been set up as a catch-andrelease fishing spot and is home to native flora and fauna, including reeds which are traditionally used for weaving by the Wamba Wamba and Perrapa Perrapa nations.
Urana sculptor and farmer Andrew Whitehead is being featured on Australia’s
reality show, Network 10’s Making It which premiered Wednesday.
The artist has left his mark on carvings throughout the Riverina, and particularly at Lockhart, and was featured in an edition of What’s On, a seasonal tourism magazine produced by the DENILIQUIN PASTORAL TIMES.
Mr Whitehead designed his humorous imagining of the mythical ‘drop bear’ when he competed on the show.
The sculptor works with glass, metal and other found objects.
The prediction of minor flooding as a result of releases from the now full Hume Dam were proven correct on Monday.
Pictures show Tocumwal’s banks spilling over as a result of the releases.
The flooding was not expected to cause damage downstream, however campsites from Corowa to Tocumwal and Albury were closed as a precaution.
At Deniliquin, the Edward River was yesterday at 3.10m, up from 2.55m on Monday, but listed as ‘steady’ and below minor flood level.