Visitor info still available
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The only ones available are damaged or out of date.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.