Former NRL star Dallas Johnson was a visitor to Deniliquin at the weekend.
The retired Melbourne Storm and North Queensland lock was a guest of former locals Jason Bond and Mathew George, who have known Johnson for more than a decade.
The trio enjoyed drinks around a fire at a friend’s riverside property on Saturday evening before ending the night at the Globe Hotel. The next day it was breakfast at The Crossing followed by a round of golf in fairly miserable conditions and ending the evening with dinner at the Bowling Club.
“I’d been hearing about this place called Deni for about 10 years so I had to come and experience it,” Johnson told the Pastoral Times.
“The boys had called it the ‘Dallas does Deni’ trip, but by Monday morning it was more like ‘Deni does Dallas’,” he laughed.
‘‘It was a great weekend and hopefully I can get up there again sometime and in some warmer weather.’’
Johnson played 250 top flight games for three clubs — Storm (157), Catalans Dragons in France (28) and Cowboys (65) — as well as playing 12 Origin games for Queensland and one Test for Australia.
IGA birthday giveaway
The next phase of Central IGA’s birthday surprises has now begun, and it will continue for another 10 weeks.
To celebrate their 21st birthday in the store, supermarket co-owners Robert Hallum and Corina and Glenn Beames are giving away $2100 in shopping vouchers.
The first $1000 saw five people claim a $200 voucher each this week (see the results on page 3) through a giveaway conducted on the Pastoral Times Facebook page.
Starting this week, we’ll also be helping IGA give away 11 x $100 vouchers — one every week.
Look for the special advertisement containing each week’s entry question in our Tuesday editions.
This week’s question asked readers to tell us how many half price specials were included in IGA’s usual double page advertisement.
The advertisement included 10 half price items, but with two types of chocolate bulked into one special we also accepted 11 as an answer.
Bruce Wells was the winner drawn from all the entries.
Keep an eye out in subsequent weeks for your chance to claim a prize.
Mental health training
Riverina Bluebell, in conjunction with the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group, will present a free community mental health event next month.
The event, ‘Let’s Talk’, has a focus on suicide prevention, and will include a panel discussion for parents and teenagers.
It will be held at the Deniliquin Golf Club on Monday, August 21 from 7pm.
For more, contact Lourene Liebenberg on 0428281060 or Jan Gray from Riverina Bluebell on 0418841196.
MHAG will also host a mental health first aid training course so locals can learn skills that will help them to assist friends, family and co-workers until appropriate professional help is available.
It will be held over two days — Thursday, September 14 and Friday, September 15 — at the Deniliquin Golf Club.
Participants must be able to attend both days, and attendance is free.
For more information, or to book your place, please phone Mrs Liebenberg on the number provided above, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check your listings
We are fast approaching the end of the year, which means work has started on the next edition of the Deniliquin Telephone & Business Directory.
Prepared and printed by the Pastoral Times in partnership with Deniliquin Business Chamber, we’re calling on everyone to check their listings in both the white and pink pages.
Now is also the best time for new and existing businesses to start organising their listings in the pink pages.
All inclusions and changes can be emailed to email@example.com, or drop in to our office in Cressy St and fill out a form.
Film screening tonight
The Deniliquin Film Society’s August movie screening will be held tonight.
The feature will be 1960 film The Apartment starring Jack Lemon and Shirley McLean.
Described as a comedy/drama/romance, it tells the story of a man who tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
The screening will be held at the Intereach Neighborhood Centre in Deniliquin. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start. Your first visit is free, and affordable memberships are available.
For more, go to www.facebook.com/denifilmsociety.