Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Demons colours on show


We may not have been able to get to finals in the Murray for Picola and District football netball leagues, but AFL footy fever is starting to take over in Deniliquin and district.

While some footy fans have been proudly displaying their colours since the finals series began — with at least one home in Henry St brandishin­g Melbourne Demons flags for many weeks now — others are just ramping up.

Balloons and streamers in the Demons’ trademark red and blue can now be seen flying from the front facade of the former Tee Jay’s Restaurant on Hardinge St.

So far we’ve not seen any public Bulldogs shrines.

How are you showing love or your team ahead of this week’s AFL grand final between the Melbourne Demons and the Western Bulldogs?

Send us your photos, or let us know who you are barrack- ing for. Email or send a message on social media — Deniliquin­PT.

Awning repairs

Another CBD facade that is starting to look a little different is the Regent Theatre, home to the Deniliquin Baptist Church.

The former movie theatre’s iconic front awning in Edwardes St has been dismantled slowly over the last few days.

Pastor Chris Taylor said it is simply because repairs are needed.

Some of the wood in the awning has rotted, and Pastor Taylor said it will be a basic

new for old replacemen­t with ‘‘no changes’’ to the look of the facade overall.

Weather and COVID-19 rules depending, the work should be completed in a few short weeks.

Protective bird

A magpie can seem so harmless when it’s warbling away in your front garden, or having a bath under the sprinklers.

But here in Australia it’s hard to forget how imposing the iconic birds can be at this time of the year.

Meagan Rodda has put out a

warning to the entire Deniliquin community to try and avoid the Wellington St and End St intersecti­ons if you’re on foot . . . or a bike.

She said there is one particular­ly protective magpie that lives somewhere near the building which once housed Ho’s Chinese Restaurant.

‘‘It swooped me twice on Saturday in the space of five minutes, drawing blood each time,’’ Meagan reported.

‘‘Since then I have personally heard of three other people that were swooped, drawing blood, as well.

‘‘I have been swooped before, but they usually just clack their beaks at you. This one has left two holes in my head.

‘‘It is vicious, so I just wanted to warn others walking nearby.’’

Episode airs

Six months after cricket legend turned television star Merv Hughes came to Deniliquin to film an episode of Merv Hughes Fishing, the segment has finally aired.

The episode aired Sunday afternoon on 7MATE, and while quite a few people did tune in to see some familiar faces others may have been distracted by the Victorian Government press conference on Coronaviru­s which unfortunat­ely overlapped.

The episode showed what was a Murray cod record for the host.

‘‘My Murray cod record is 69cm in free flowing water, which was on the Edward River at Deniliquin,’’ Hughes told the PASTORAL TIMES back in March.

As well as spending time on the water, Hughes and his team stayed at BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park and dined locally, including at The Long Table at Warragoon, while in Deniliquin.

Hughes also explored informatio­n on river operations, breeding and of course Deniliquin as a destinatio­n to catch the elusive Murray cod and other species during his visit.

The episode can be viewed at any time on 7+.

 ??  ?? Deniliquin’s Troy Bright can be seen watching Merv Hughes and his fishing partner Geoff ‘Squizzy’ Taylor with their prize Murray cod catch in the preview on 7+.
Deniliquin’s Troy Bright can be seen watching Merv Hughes and his fishing partner Geoff ‘Squizzy’ Taylor with their prize Murray cod catch in the preview on 7+.

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