Picture this: You’re a volunteer groundsman at the Tocumwal Recreation Reserve and you use a huge grass cutting mower.
As you do rounds of the ground, the machine hits multiple dollops of dog faeces and splatters them across the newly mown turf.
Turf that our children and grandchildren play on.
The energetic games we want our children to play, such as football and cricket, for their fitness and health, often means that their bodies and faces meet the ground; a ground that is splattered with dog droppings.
There really should not be any dog waste on the oval, as Tocumwal does not have a feral dog problem.
No, the problem comes from local dog owners letting their animals roam free on the playing surface to do their business — urine and faeces.
Please be aware that there is only one ‘off leash’ area within the township of Tocumwal and this is in Kelly St behind the Kingswood Motel.
All other open areas including the recreation reserve and the Tocumwal Foreshore are ‘on leash’ areas.
Over the levee bank is not an ‘off leash’ area and droppings must be removed if your dog uses the spot. Dogs must be on a leash during walks on the road.
Berrigan Shire Council has substantial fines for unleashed dogs, and if they are taken to the pound there is an additional fee there as well.
Some other issues which might come to light are: The need to have your dog registered which in NSW is a lifetime registration; Non de-sexed male and female dogs cost a whopping $201 to register; de-sexed dogs get a huge discount and cost $55 per animal and if you are a pensioner the charge is $23 per animal.
So what might it cost you if you have your dog off the leash and it fouls the grounds and you do not dispose of the matter?
Well here is the breakdown: $220 for an unleashed dog, $250 for leaving faecal matter on the ground.
That’s $470 that could have been spent on Christmas presents for your family.
Remember the good news is that there is a dogs ‘off leash area’ in Kelly St but remember to pick up the droppings there too. Dog droppings are a public health issue.
With the return of the warm weather, we welcome back the Tocumwal Lions’ weekly Saturday raffle and this week’s winner is Ken Rock.
Tocumwal Lions Club played host to a pyjama party on Sunday when Dr Liz Hoban brought her nightwear collection to the Lions Care Centre in Adams St.
Dr Liz, who was born and bred in Tocumwal, heads up a group who run a resource centre for extremely disadvantaged women and their families in Cambodia.
Their vision is a society where people have equitable access to education and sustainable employment opportunities and to provide training and skills development to the poorest families in Cambodia.
The Sangkem Pyjama Project engages local women tailors who work with Hope Project Cambodia to make 100 per cent cotton pyjamas, nighties and kaftans.
Some of their styles can be worn as light day dresses, and they are finely made and in such contemporary styles and colours.
It is interesting to know that in these days when slave labour is rife in the Asia clothing industry, that the workers at Hope are paid above the award wage and the working conditions are so good some machinists have been there in excess of 10 years.
One hundred per cent of the profit of the clothing sold in Australia is ploughed back into the development of educational and health facilities for the communities in rural northern Cambodia.
And of course you can’t have a party without cakes and the Lions bakers put on a wonderfully tasty spread for afternoon tea.
Last week on Tuesday the Tocumwal Public School was thoroughly entertained by a performance from Dr Stovepipe, a three piece old-time ensemble of guitar, bass, fiddle and sweet vocal harmonies.
All students K-6 were engaged in a demonstration of how songs evolve and change as they are passed on from one musician to the next. Students learned how sounds and stories can be turned into toe-tapping tunes.
The school would like to thank the generosity of the fabulous TPS P&C for providing this wonderful opportunity each year.
On Monday TPS Year 3 and 4 students headed off to Borambola Sport and Recreation Centre for a two-night excursion.
They have had three jam-packed days full of fun and challenges that saw them having a wonderful time away from home.
Both Tocumwal primary schools are preparing for 2018.
If you have a child to enrol or know of someone who has, please encourage them to complete and return their enrolment forms as soon as possible.
TPS’s next orientation to Kindergarten visit will be Tuesday, November 21; this one will also involve an informal meeting and morning tea for the parents of the new arrivals.
A good chance to familiarise yourself with the school if you have a first time school starter.
On Friday, November 24 Finley Public School will be hosting the Spring Round Robin for students in Years 3-6.
Students will be in teams and will rotate around the Finley oval playing games such as Newcombe Ball, Diamond Cricket, 10, 50, 100 and Golden Child, and of course TPS students will be there at their competitive best.
Bookings are now being taken for older people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day to attend ‘Doug’s Christmas Day Luncheon’ on December 25 at Cobram Bowling Club.
Bookings are essential by contacting Cobram Community House.
Participation is by gold coin donation.
Seats at the lunch are limited. Early bookings are encouraged to avoid missing out.
The Sacred Heart School Tocumwal Community Calendar for 2018 is now available for people to collect.
A very handy resource, the calendars are now out and can be collected from newsXpress Tocumwal and the Post Office.
Get in early as they will go quickly from these venues.
Thanks to Berrigan Shire, the skate park in Deniliquin St got a competition workout on Saturday.
There were kids from all over the shire and some from over the river as well, trying their skills on scooters, BMXs and skateboards.
Run by Skate Park Leagues the day gave the kids a chance to learn and compete on ‘home turf’.
Local mum Renee McCallum said, ‘‘My sons came home with two raffle prizes, second in the under 12 skate competition, and third in the under 14 BMX comp.’’
Dylan and Lincoln McCallum had a great day!