Local businesses and their employees will contest seven of a possible 11 awards at tonight’s 2017 Murray-Riverina Business Awards.
Hosted by the Murray-Riverina Business Chamber, all local nominees won their way into the regional awards based on their success at the Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards in July.
The gala regional ceremony will be held at the Albury Entertainment Centre.
Both Deniliquin Travel Centre owner Chantall Barnes and Motiv8 Health and Fitness Centre owner Hope Spalding will contest the regional Young Business Executive award, as two of five nominees in the category.
Deniliquin Children’s Centre general manager Felicity Michael will contest the Business Leader award against six other nominees, and Exclusive Software is one of four nominees in the Excellence in Innovation category.
Deniliquin Business of the Year winner Riverina Allweld has won a spot in the Excellence in Small Business award category, as one of seven nominees, and CareSouth lines up against seven others in the Excellence in Business category.
In the Excellence in Sustainability award, Murray Irrigation will go up against five others, and SunRice is one of three nominees in the Employer of Choice Award.
Fish park help
Murray Irrigation Limited has offered a helping hand to ensure the Deniliquin recreational fish park progress keeps ticking along.
Staff from the local irrigation company made some repairs to the park’s bridge earlier this week, and have given a commitment to provide the regulator that will be vital to retaining native fish in the lagoon.
Being established in Brown’s Park off Hardinge St, Deniliquin, the recreational facility is now officially called Werrpanakata (pronounced Wirr-pahna-kahta).
Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre said the name means ‘fishing place’ or ‘fishing right’ in the local Wamba/Wemba language.
Yarkuwa is working with Edward Wakool Angling Association, Edward River Council and Murray Local Land Services to create the recreational fishing park and complete wetland improvements for the other town lagoons.
Deniliquin High School also has a stake in the project, with the school’s industrial technology students creating each of the parks fishing platforms.
EWAA member Ian Fisher said two more platforms should be delivered next term.
Former Rams in GF
There’s some local interest in the North Central Football League grand final tomorrow with former Deni Rams Julian Bull and Tim Holobowski set to line up for Wycheproof Narraport.
Bull, who is the Demons’ playing coach, will lead his charges into battle against Birchip-Watchem Bulls in the decider at Boort.
It’s been a dominant season for Wycheproof, finishing on top of the ladder with 14 wins, one loss and one draw.
But it will be a tough test, with Birchip-Watchem overcoming the Demons by 42 points in the semi final two weeks ago.
Lloyd in prelim.
Deniliquin’s Sam Lloyd will look to continue his tremendous form as he prepares for a VFL preliminary final against the Box Hill Hawks at Fortburn Stadium in Port Melbourne tomorrow.
The winner will move on to the VFL grand final, to be held at Etihad Stadium on Sunday September 24.
Lloyd has played an important role for the Richmond VFL side, kicking a clutch goal in the dying stages of the Tigers’ first final against Collingwood and last week kicking three goals in the side’s 27 point win over Casey Demons.
It will be an interesting match-up, with the Hawks victorious in the two sides’ only meeting this year, finishing 22 points in front of the Tigers back in round five.
Lloyd has had a fantastic season at VFL level kicking 26 goals from 10 games, with his best return coming from a monstrous display against Sandringham in round 18, where he collected 48 possessions and kicked four goals playing in the midfield.
Ride Day Sunday
Catch all the motocross action at the Deniliquin Motorcycle Association’s Steel Supplies Ride Day this weekend.
To be held at the association’s motocross track on Sunday, the event will also feature a visit from Travis and Nathan Whitten from Bulk Nutrients WBR Motorcycles MX team, according to association secretary Andrew McBurnie.
‘‘Travis and Nathan will do log-book coaching and also help riders adjust their bikes to suit them,’’ McBurnie said.
‘‘They are both MA level two coaches and have a wealth of knowledge when it comes to MX.’’
Gates open at 7.30am and registration is from 8am. The riders’ briefing will be from 9.30am, with the seniors first on the bike from 9.45am.
Coffee and food vans will be open from about 11am, and a delicious bacon and egg roll for $5 is sure to be a hit with spectators and riders alike.
Everyone must be a member to ride the tracks, and riders must also have a Motorcycling Australia licence.
For more information, head to the Facebook page — Deniliquin Motorcycle Association Inc.
You can also phone Mick Summers on 0408328935 or Andrew McBurnie on 0427811793, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winter slowly recedes
Despite a sunny start to the week, locals can’t put away the winter coat just yet with a cool weekend forecast for Deniliquin.
Tomorrow will see a high of 16°C with possible early showers, and Sunday is forecast to reach a high of 18°C.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded a sunny 25.6°C on Tuesday, the highest temperature for the month so far.