Santa re­ceives help from firies

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS - Anne Jones

Santa was busy last week call­ing on chil­dren at all the schools, and again on Fri­day evening when he hopped aboard the fire tanker with his mates from the Tocumwal Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice.

Santa and his friends wan­dered the streets hand­ing out icy poles and bags of chips to chil­dren be­fore putting the big red truck back in its shed.

It was brought out again on Sun­day night to de­liver Santa and bags of lol­lies to the chil­dren who at­tended the Car­ols on the River­bank.

Tocumwal’s brand spank­ing new Splash Park opened on Fri­day with a free sausage siz­zle for all, and lots of wa­ter play and may­hem.

Kids came by the dozens, big ones on their push bikes and lit­tle ones in the care of par­ents and grand­par­ents, who watched on smil­ingly as their charges had heaps of fun.

Ber­ri­gan Shire Mayor Matthew Han­nan de­clared the park open and the wa­ter was turned on. The kids erupted in squeals of de­light as all sorts of wa­ter jets be­gan to spray in ev­ery di­rec­tion.

Lit­tle kids seemed to like the wa­ter mush­rooms — for want of a bet­ter de­scrip­tion — and looked like small pix­ies hid­ing un­der toad­stools.

The big kids loved the wa­ter can­nons which they could di­rect at and spray their mates, laugh­ing and scream­ing all the time.

Ev­ery now and then the big bucket in the red plane filled up and dumped buck­ets full of wa­ter on those below. Not that they were un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims, as they were ea­gerly wait­ing for it.

The nose cone of the land-based plane is a good place to hide and get wet with your mates.

This will be a great way for lo­cal and vis­it­ing kids to cool off in the hot weather that has been fore­cast over sum­mer.

Thanks to the Ber­ri­gan Shire and the Tocumwal Fore­shore Com­mit­tee to have had the fore­sight to build such an at­trac­tion.

It is nice to see Tocumwal’s WWII aero­drome get­ting some recog­ni­tion, even if it is 73 years af­ter the war, in the theme of a Lib­er­a­tor bomber as the ba­sis of the park’s de­sign.

The town en­try signs also bring this his­tory to the fore with peo­ple be­ing re­minded, ev­ery time they pass, about Tocumwal’s pre­vi­ously se­cret his­tory.

All we need now is a pur­pose built at­trac­tion so Tocumwal His­toric Aero­drome Mu­seum may show off its trea­sures of that time to the pub­lic.

Any­one who has been to Lake Boga can see what their Catalina fly­ing boat mu­seum has done for that re­gion and we could repli­cate that in Tocumwal for an aero­drome which was once the largest in the South­ern Hemi­sphere but barely known out­side the town.

Sa­cred Heart would like to thank the Tocumwal Fore­shore Com­mit­tee for its gen­er­ous do­na­tion of a free sun shirt for all stu­dents.

To cel­e­brate the open­ing of the splash park, each child in both schools got a free sun shirt with logo.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Judy Car­lon pre­sented a card to ev­ery stu­dent to take to the Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre to choose their pre­ferred shirt.

Wednes­day saw com­mu­nity minded peo­ple from all over the South­ern Riverina meet at De­niliquin’s Multi Arts Cen­tre in the War­ing Gar­dens for the launch of the Mur­rumbidgee Pri­mary Health Net­work’s Mur­rumbidgee Com­mu­nity Grants scheme.

The day was opened by Fed­eral Mem­ber for Far­rer Sus­san Ley, and there were guest speak­ers from the Mur­rumbidgee Pri­mary Health Net­work and Mur­rumbidgee Lo­cal Health Dis­tricts.

They out­lined the grants and their avail­abil­ity for lo­cal com­mu­nity groups.

Tocumwal LHAC will be mak­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for fund­ing for a grant to help with drought re­lief and men­tal health is­sues in con­junc­tion with an­other com­mu­nity group.

The fi­nal of the Tocumwal Golf and Bowls club mixed pairs was won by Lou Richards and Nola Pater­son who de­feated John Jones and Glen­nys Pate 22-16.

It was played in ideal con­di­tions on Fri­day De­cem­ber with an early 8.30am start to es­cape the heat of the day.

Well done Lou and Nola.

Best wishes to Don Ba­gley who is re­cu­per­at­ing in Shep­par­ton Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal, af­ter surgery in Mel­bourne.

Don en­joys hav­ing vis­i­tors but hopes to be home with his loved ones for New Year.

All the best for a speedy re­cov­ery, Don.

(From left) Ali­son Klein­schmidt, Sarah Bauer, Greg McNa­mara, Wispa Brain and Sarah Haynes.

Chelsea and Lach­lan Coul­son were happy when Tocumwal Fire and Res­cue fire­fighter Lyn­sie Reid came call­ing on Fri­day evening with icy poles.

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