The year that was: September

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

■‘No water’ – Allocation improvement pleas are ignored by the government as they dismantle staple food and fibre production in the nation’s food bowl. The NSW Murray remained on zero per cent of general security allocation.

■‘A front row seat to riots’ – Former Deniliquin man Josh Whelan watched the ‘war-zone’ under his balcony when in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood a riot broke out which could only be described as chaotic.

■‘Strong sales’ – A bumper crowd was to be expected at the Deni Ute Muster following a huge spike in ticket sales. A record number of tickets were sold in August, beating sales for that month in any August over the event’s 20-year history.

■‘PM’s visit to Deni on the radar’ - Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would take up an invitation to visit Deniliquin and district if his schedule permits. (NB: We’re still waiting).

■‘Sue found love and made Deni her home’ – Popular local teacher Sue Laing chalked up 30 years of service at Deniliquin High School. The school was her first posting after completing her university studies at the age of 22.

■‘Search for war hero’s remains’ – Family members of Deniliquin-born William Edward Ernest Bond started the process of submitting DNA in an effort to identify if his remains would be found in a World War I grave. William was declared missing in France, and was presumed killed, at Pheasant Wood, near Fromelles just days after turning 18.

■‘Ice hot spot’ – The NSW Police Association called for an additional 26 police to be recruited to the Murray River Police District, which includes Deniliquin, to combat the growing ‘ice’ epidemic. It was after the association released a report listing Deniliquin as a crystal-meth regional hot-spot.

■‘The Honey Badger is Muster’s ambassador’ – Star of the 2018 ‘The Bachelor’ Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins was announced as one of the stars of the Deni Ute Muster. The Australian Rugby star was confirmed as the Deni Ute Muster ambassador.

■‘Deni tanker driver saves burning truck’ – Deniliquin transport operator Andrew Rourke was in the right place at the right time when he came across a truck with a burning load of hay while delivering fresh drinking water to a property in Conargo. He used the water to douse the flames, so only six bales of hay were damaged.

■‘Deni High students elect their 2019 leaders’ – Will Shaw and Leah Blake were inducted as captains of Deniliquin High School for 2019 at a special assembly. John Bowie and Tiarna Condren were elected as their vice captains.

■‘Let’s split up’ – David Landini revived a movement to form a Riverina state, separate from NSW. Similar movements, which Mr Landini says will improve governance, were lost in 1862, the 1920s and the 1930s.

■‘Eddie’s village asked to help’ – At just three years old, Eddie Marshall was at risk of losing his sight to a tumour on his optic nerve due to a condition called NF. His parents reached out to the community of Deniliquin for donations towards children and their families living with NF, announcing they would host a Cupid’s Undie Run event in Deniliquin on February 17, 2019.