Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Tremor moves some more than others

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Did the earth move for you on Wednesday morning?

It takes a bit to rattle us here in Mathoura but a number of locals report feeling tremors just after 9am.

Residents in the south end of town seemed to have felt it more than others with people sitting on a couch hearing a slight rumble before being rocked about and watching a nearby rocking chair rocking by itself.

Further north rattling doors were the only indication I had of anything out of the ordinary.

However quakes are not new to our area — the Cadell Fault is a classic example.

More recently, and to a much lesser extent, there was one out Bunnaloo way possibly some 25 years ago.

Fifteen people took advantage of the COVID Vaccinatio­n Pop Up site in Mathoura on Monday.

It wasn’t a large number, but there is a good reason for that.

It seems that in the Murray River Council area, we’re ‘Smarter than the average bear’ (as a popular cartoon character would say) when it comes to vaccinatio­ns.

Records show that with 95 per cent of us having received two jabs, and a further 67.3 per cent with one, we appear to be the most vaccinated Local Government Area population in NSW.

Well done everyone!

Another thing that has ‘snuck’ up on us in this COVID year is Daylight Saving.

Next weekend will see our clocks moved forward one hour.

That way we can all get to enjoy more sunshine – or not!

If you are aged 18 to 25 and interested in working with young people, Murray River Council wants to hear from you.

Council is keen to establish a drop in centre, and is seeking youth volunteers aged 18 to 25.

It is planned the sessions will start October 15 in Moama, and run every second Friday from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

Volunteers will need to have a NSW working with children/police check.

Mathoura Football Netball Club is gearing up for its return to the turf next year.

And no doubt fingers are crossed that the club will actually make it through a complete season next time around.

The club is seeking expression­s of interest in coaching positions for its seniors, reserves, under 17s, under 14s and under 11s teams.

Interested people are asked to email their expression­s of interest to mathourafn­c@gmail.com by September 30.

At least four local venues will host AFL grand final events tomorrow.

The Bottom Pub will have its bus running for its grand final activities, but prospectiv­e users are being urged to book to ensure they don’t miss out.

They’ll be able to watch the game on the big screen with sausage rolls and party pies served at half time.

The full menu and pizzas will also be available.

Members of the pub’s footy tipping group will receive free drinks from the first kick with bar prices applying for everyone else.

The Middle Pub’s event will be a Twilight event with raffles at $2 a ticket.

Happy Hour will be from 7pm to 8pm, and a Norm Smith Medal Sweep will be held at $5 per ticket — winner takes all.

Handball contests will also be held for young and old.

Mathoura Bowling Club will show the game on all its TVs, have a footy menu for diners, happy hour from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and half price drinks at half time.

Supporters will be able to watch the game outdoors at The Timbercutt­er with a big fire to keep them warm.

Wood-fired pizzas and platters will be available and the bar will be open all day.

Bookings are essential to ensure COVID conditions are met.

Looking ahead further, Mathoura Bowling Club is already gearing up for the next major event on the sporting calendar — the Melbourne Cup.

The club will be conducting its annual Melbourne Cup Calcutta on Sunday, October 31 from 7.30pm with tickets $1 each from the bar.

Bookings for tables of a maximum 10 people as well as smaller individual seating can be made at the office from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Payment must be made with the bookings.

Early bookings are encouraged as COVID conditions will restrict the Calcutta to the lounge area, limiting the amount of seating available.

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