Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Big prizes for Ute Muster fans

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The list of 2021 Deni Ute Muster competitio­n winners might not be as big as other years, but the fans are lapping up the praise anyway.

The weekend’s virtual Ute Muster incorporat­ed a loudest ute competitio­n, trivia quiz and guess the number competitio­ns.

The loudest ute competitio­n was won by Robert Batten, who has claimed two tickets to the next Deni Ute Muster for his troubles.

The trivia quiz Muster Punter bragging rights went to Troy Rossboroug­h.

Tony has scored himself a three night getaway to Deni and district, thanks to Visit Deni.

Two guess the number competitio­ns were hosted over the weekend, with Zach Morgan correctly guessing there were 265 cattle tags in the ute Muster esky, and Ann King correctly guessing there were 191 soft toy utes in another esky. Both won the eskies from their respective competitio­ns.

The virtual Deni Ute Muster also included the premiere of a 26 minute video giving muster fans a virtual tour behind the scenes of the famed event.

Produced with the help of Cooper Films, the video has already been shared 110 times and can still be viewed on the Deni Ute Muster Facebook page.

Fallen tree

A combinatio­n of wet days and strong winds has been attributed to a large tree falling at Memorial Park this week.

Avid reader Judy Bond spotted the downed tree on Tuesday morning.

Edward River Council cordoned off the tree for safety reasons, until it can be removed.

Works staff are expected to complete that task today.

It’s a timely reminder to be wary when walking, parking or picnicking under many of the large stands of trees that can be found within our community.

Wind speeds reached up to 87km/h on Monday, according to the Bureau of Meteorolog­y, which has recorded 47.2mm of rain for October so far at the Deniliquin Airport weather station.

Most of that — 36.2mm — was recorded in the 24 hours to 9am Saturday.

Border changes

Despite the spattering of outbreaks across the southern Riverina, Victoria will downgrade the risk level of ‘red’ NSW local government areas — including Edward River and Murray River councils — to orange zones.

Victoria downgraded the NSW side of the border bubble from an extreme risk zone to a red zone on September 20.

From midnight last night, those same LGAs downgraded in risk further and made ‘orange’ zones.

It means that within 72 hours of Victorian and non-Victorian residents returning orange zones will need to get a COVID test and isolate until they receive a negative result.

Victorians who return home from red zones (such as the Snowy Monaro region in southeast NSW) will still need to get a test and isolate for 14 days.

The reverse — travelling from NSW to Victoria and back home — can be done without a permit as long as those residents have not travelled outside the border bubble in the last 14 days.

The Coronaviru­s Victoria website states that those who live in the cross-border community — and haven’t been in a red or extreme risk zone outside the cross-border area in the previous 14 days — can cross the border and enter Victoria without a permit for any reason.

Moderna in Deni

Moderna is now available at both of Deniliquin’s pharmacies for anyone aged 12 and over.

Call Eric Sim Pharmacy on 5881 2081 or Soul Pattinson Chemist on 5881 2233 to book.

AstraZenec­a is also still available at both pharmacies.

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■ Robert Batten was the winner of the Deni Ute Muster loudest ute competitio­n.
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