Vis­i­tor info still avail­able

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

Vol­un­teers are con­tin­u­ing to open the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre on Satur­days and Sun­days un­til the new lessees ar­rive and other ar­range­ments can be made.

Sorry to those peo­ple who were hop­ing the flags would fly again soon.

The only ones avail­able are dam­aged or out of date.

Hope­fully we can get some new ones soon.

If any­one knows the where­abouts of the other three that were left in the cen­tre when it closed on June 30, please drop them into the cen­tre on the week­end.

Amongst the visi­tors in the re­gional last week­end were trav­ellers from Western Aus­tralia, Queens­land, Yenda, New Zealand, and some young peo­ple who wanted train tick­ets to get back to Mel­bourne.

Here is some very im­por­tant news for all those who use boats on our river whether it is for fish­ing or wa­ter-ski­ing.

The Life Safety Cam­paign Old4New Van will be com­ing to Tocumwal Fore­shore this Sun­day.

They will be sell­ing new gen­er­a­tion, non­bulky life­jack­ets at a dis­counted price.

Not wear­ing a life­jacket while on the wa­ter can have se­ri­ous con­se­quences.

Sadly nine out of 10 peo­ple who drowned in NSW while boat­ing were not wear­ing a life jacket.

And with river deaths more preva­lent than ocean drown­ings, we need to do some­thing about this ter­ri­ble statis­tic.

Be in the know and check it out on Sun­day at the Fore­shore.

While you’re there, check out the new boat­ing safety signs by the boat ramps.

Tomorrow evening at 7pm, Tocumwal Pub­lic School stu­dents in K to 6 will be per­form­ing a pro­duc­tion called, A night at the Toc­sars at the Me­mo­rial Hall in De­niliquin St.

This will in­volve all stu­dents in the school, who have started practising this term.

The chil­dren are really ex­cited about the per­for­mance, which will show­case some of their amaz­ing tal­ents.

Make sure you are there early to get a good van­tage point.

Seat­ing will be pro­vided.

The TPS P&C needs four vol­un­teers to help set up and pack up at the Farm­ers’ Mar­ket this Satur­day.

Set up will be from 6.30am and pack up from 12pm.

The school will re­ceive a do­na­tion for help­ing.

Please let Red Gille­spie know as soon as pos­si­ble if you are able to as­sist.

There will be a par­ent tran­si­tion night tonight from 6pm at the Fin­ley High School.

You can go along to speak with teach­ers and sup­port staff about any con­cerns you may have re­gard­ing your child start­ing high school.

Stu­dents are also en­cour­aged to come to get to know their peers and be­come more fa­mil­iar with the school.

This Satur­day there will be an­other won­der­ful Com­mu­nity Farm­ers’ Mar­ket in the Angli­can Church grounds.

And then on De­cem­ber 6 there is the biggy of all lo­cal mar­kets; the Tocumwal Fore­shore Mar­ket.

Mr Mar­kets (Bob Bow­man) is promis­ing a hu­mon­gous mar­ket for all those who want to shop for Christ­mas.

Bob has searched high and low and come up with some fan­tas­tic new stalls.

In fact, the mar­ket is now so well known that stall­hold­ers queue up for a chance to come to Tocumwal.

You can too, and while you are in Tocumwal take a stroll along De­niliquin St and check out the trendy shops there too.

Tocumwal is not just a mar­ket town, we have other trea­sures too.

Three Tocumwal Lo­cal Health Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee mem­bers at­tended the com­bined LHAC meet­ing at Ber­ri­gan last Thurs­day.

Tocumwal LHAC chair Valda Cole OAM was able to re­port to the gath­er­ing that the plans for the Tocumwal Multi Pur­pose Cen­tre have been pre­sented to Ber­ri­gan Shire Coun­cil.

If all goes well, the build­ing should be com­pleted be­fore Christ­mas 2016.

That means six ex­tra beds for our hos­pi­tal and some other im­prove­ments too.

There has been a gor­geous lit­tle koala down at the Fore­shore this week, and he has got his photo on Face­book now.

Ian Bow­man found him while check­ing out the newly ren­o­vated river­side park area.

This area now lends it­self to all sorts of gath­er­ings such as the re­cent In­ter­gen­er­a­tional Con­nect­ing, and would make a gor­geous venue for a wed­ding by the river.

At last we are making more use of our prox­im­ity to the river.

Sadly, the very nec­es­sary levee bank cuts off the river from the town, but the clean­ing up of this area will hope­fully draw more peo­ple river­side.

With the plant­ing of some bird-friendly na­tive shrubs in the au­tumn, it will be just per­fect.

And with the ad­vent of the Splash Park, more peo­ple will take ad­van­tage of the whole area.

Ber­ri­gan Shire is host­ing a get-to­gether to dis­cuss the new Fore­shore plan this Sun­day from 4pm, at the Fore­shore park.

There will be a free bar­be­cue.

The Spirit Two, a cruis­ing boat which takes tourists down the Mighty Mur­ray, was in Tocumwal re­cently.

Now that there is plenty of wa­ter in the river this boat is able to nav­i­gate the snags but dur­ing the drought it was out of com­mis­sion due to low wa­ter lev­els.

The com­pany is due to make a couple more trips be­fore Christ­mas, and Tocumwal busi­nesses ben­e­fit from the ex­tra tourist trade it brings with the overnight stay.

Last year when the Info Cen­tre was open, sev­eral pas­sen­gers dropped in to say hello and to dis­cuss the won­ders they had seen on the river and the pur­chases they had made.

One shop they vis­ited was de­scribed as an Aladdin’s cave; we all know which one that is.

Look­ing ahead to Christ­mas, mark the cal­en­dar for Carols on the River­bank on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 20 at 7pm. It will be held in the Fore­shore Park. If there is stormy weather and the dan­ger of light­ning strikes or rain, it will be trans­ferred to the Me­mo­rial Hall.

News items for ‘Toc Tells’ may be phoned through to Anne Jones on 5874 3424 or emailed to [email protected]­pond.com.

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