Fore­shore ac­tion start­ing

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

Hur­ray, the Tocumwal Fore­shore Splash park de­vel­op­ment has be­gun with the first sod be­ing turned late last week and the safety fence be­ing erected.

Ber­ri­gan Shire has promised that the work will be com­pleted in time for the Christ­mas in­flux of vis­i­tors.

Af­ter wait­ing a few weeks since the play­ground was dis­man­tled it looks like it’s full steam ahead for the project now.

Other works the Ber­ri­gan Shire is un­der­tak­ing in the area is a re­de­vel­op­ment of the Tup­pal Road near Pumps Beach where the road and levee bank were one.

There is a new road be­ing con­structed on the land side of the levee and will be wider and safer than at present.

There will also be some re­pairs done to foot­paths within the Tocumwal Town­ship so you may need to do a de­tour on your daily walk to avoid fenced off ar­eas.

Tocumwal Pub­lic School had a visit from the per­form­ers of Taikoz, the art of Ja­panese drum­ming, last week.

Taikoz brought their dy­namic and heart­stop­ping tra­di­tional Ja­panese Taiko drum­ming to the school, demon­strat­ing this in­cred­i­ble art form.

The chil­dren were so en­grossed be­cause they were en­gaged by lit­er­ally be­com­ing sound­ing boards, vi­brat­ing along with the ex­plo­sive en­ergy com­ing from the stage.

It was a won­der­ful con­cert that will leave a last­ing im­pres­sion — we know what will be added to Santa’s wish list now.

TPS again had a visit from some of the new en­rol­ments in Kin­der­garten for next year 2019 last week.

The chil­dren joined the ju­nior school be­tween 9.45am and 11.45am.

The new en­rol­ments were given a taste of what Kin­der­garten will be like next year as they en­gaged in a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties.

Their last visit will be this Thurs­day.

To­day TPS Year 3 and 4 stu­dents will be head­ing off to Har­ri­etville for a two night ex­cur­sion.

They have three jam packed days full of fun and chal­lenges that will see them hav­ing a won­der­ful time.

We sure hope this visit comes off as long range fore­cast, ac­cord­ing to one techno savvy young lady, is for rain.

The Tocumwal Com­mu­nity Swim­ming pool opened on Fri­day.

For that night only they of­fered free en­try and also $20 off fam­ily sea­son tickets, and $10 off sin­gle sea­son tickets. Many peo­ple were able to take ad­van­tage of this of­fer.

The pool com­mit­tee also put on a free sausage siz­zle and ev­ery­one had a ball.

There will be Learn to Swim classes for chil­dren 18 months to 12 years from Jan­uary 7 to 17 next year.

Par­tic­i­pants will learn wa­ter safety skills in a fun and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment with a na­tion­ally qual­i­fied in­struc­tor.

Those chil­dren who go ev­ery day will cer­tainly see re­sults.

The Straw­berry Fields Con­cert at the Fore­shore on Satur­day evening was a great hit, with lo­cals joined by peo­ple com­ing from neigh­bour­ing towns to en­joy the mu­sic.

The crowd ranged in age from a few months old to a cou­ple of oc­to­ge­nar­i­ans who were seen to be ‘mov­ing to the beat’.

The area over the levee bank fac­ing onto the river is a nat­u­ral am­phithe­atre and was ideal for the con­cert, as it con­tained the sound very well.

While par­ents needed to be wary of the river there was no pass­ing traf­fic noise to mar the en­joy­ment of the mu­sic, mak­ing it an ideal spot for fu­ture mu­si­cal events.

The Fore­shore Com­mit­tee and Ber­ri­gan Shire have this area ear­marked for a fu­ture de­vel­op­ment which will surely be well used.

The party is over, but it was fun while it lasted.

Straw­berry Fields Fes­ti­val goers started to ar­rive in town on Wednes­day and the stream of vis­i­tors increased to a river as about 8,000 young and not so young rev­ellers made their way to the site on the river on Thurs­day.

More ar­rived Fri­day and the shops in Tocumwal were blessed by their pres­ence.

The Op Shops did a roar­ing trade as did the food and drink out­lets.

The new site on Tup­pal Road was a safer op­tion for at­ten­dees and for ac­cess by po­lice and am­bu­lance.

A pop­u­la­tion of 8000 party goers comes with its own med­i­cal prob­lems and easy ac­cess to the site was nec­es­sary.

De­spite reg­u­lar damp­en­ing down of the roads through­out the site, by Sun­day evening the area was clouded in dust from the al­most con­stant move­ment of the huge crowd.

Your cor­re­spon­dent was work­ing in the Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce food area on Sun­day night, feed­ing hun­gry young peo­ple and as fast as the food could be cooked it was sold.

Ev­ery per­son who at­tended that area was very po­lite and pa­tient, as some­times the food pro­duc­tion could not keep up with the de­mand.

Sev­eral young men took the time to thank the work­ers who, they said, make it all pos­si­ble for them to come there for an ex­tended long week­end and to en­joy them­selves.

They re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the ef­fort the town puts in for the fes­ti­val and the way Tocumwal wel­comes them each year.

Tocumwal Cham­ber of Com­merce did a mighty job feed­ing the crowd from Wednes­day evening at the com­mu­nity bar­be­cue, all day Thurs­day, Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day and even rock­ing up on Mon­day morn­ing at 6.30am to en­sure all those hun­gry peo­ple got their break­fast.

Well done Cham­ber.

Boomerang Bag Day is this Sun­day, at the Tocumwal War Me­mo­rial Hall from 10am to 3pm.

Bring your lunch and, if you have one, a sewing ma­chine.

All re­sources for mak­ing bags will be sup­plied.

The pad­dlers from the Mas­sive Mur­ray Pad­dle ar­rived in town around 2pm Mon­day with Tom Sil­lick be­ing the first to hit the boat ramp.

They stayed in town overnight and headed west to Pic­nic Point yes­ter­day.

By the time you read this they will be leav­ing Echuca.

Pad­dle times this year are very fast due to the huge amount of wa­ter mak­ing its way to the ocean via the Coorong.

Hun­dreds gath­ered on the Fore­shore to watch the Straw­berry Fields com­mu­nity con­cert.

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