Foreshore action starting
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.