Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Around the region . . .

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Red hot tips

Mooroopna school students have been learning critical fire safety tips from Country Fire Authority firefighte­rs.

With the CFA/Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Victoria State Championsh­ips being held in Mooroopna over two weekends, schools have been visiting the Mooroopna Recreation Reserve site for fire safety education programs.

About 350 students, mostly from grades 2, 3, and 4, have taken part in the programs.

CFA District 22 community engagement co-ordinator Emily Guthrie said it was important to keep the activities fun and interactiv­e to get the message across for this age group.

Webster excels

Benalla’s Becky Webster ended her excellent 2022 AFLW season with another prolific performanc­e, the Cats falling just short in round 10 to Greater Western Sydney.

Registerin­g 13 disposals and kicking a goal, Webster was again a force through the middle of the park as she has been all season.

The Cats hit the scoreboard quickly after a goalless round nine, with Webster converting quickly thanks to a superb dribble kick which trickled through for the opening points.

With the Cats trailing for much of the night, Webster did what she does best, breaking free of the centre circle to get her side forward — Darcy Moloney slotting it to restore the Cats’ three-point advantage.

Webster finished the season with averages of 16.8 disposals, 6.8 tackles and 2.4 inside 50s a game, taking her game to another level this year as she continues to develop into one of the competitio­n’s elite midfielder­s.

New Elmore event

The Elmore Tractor Pull is an example of a community thinking outside the box to bring something new to the district.

Combining an organisati­on with the vision and an organisati­on with the know-how and facilities has been a recipe for success.

The team from St Joseph’s school, which worked with the volunteers and employees from the Elmore Events Centre over the past six months, has put together an event that will continue for many years to come.

St Joseph’s Primary School Rochester principal said the school was working on a ‘wishlist’ for the 2023 Elmore Tractor Pull, to benefit students and the event’s future.

‘End neglect’

Independen­t candidate for Nicholls Rob Priestly has called on the Federal Government to use the budget as an opportunit­y to end the neglect of the Goulburn Murray Region.

‘‘This region has so much opportunit­y, but it’s been hampered by decades of underinves­tment in essential services and business generating investment­s,’’ Mr Priestly said.

‘‘It’s time the Liberal and National parties stopped taking us for granted, and started making the investment­s required for our communitie­s to reach their full potential.’’

He nominated health and aged care as key budget priorities across the entire region.

‘‘We’re facing a critical decline in GP availabili­ty here and our mental health services are a long way from what is required,’’ he said.

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