A part of Deniliquin went on tour with ARIA award winning band Gang of Youths over the last three months, including to America.
The band’s lead guitarist Joji Malani borrowed a custom made guitar from Deniliquin’s Shane McGrath for the tour.
Shane said his guitar was built in partnership with former local Shane Rowe, who operates Rowe Custom Guitars from Shepparton.
‘‘I did a bit of the build, but it was mostly Shane,’’ McGrath said.
‘‘I made the guitar pick ups.
‘‘The lead guitarist (of Gang of Youths) wanted something different for the tour, and I’ve known the guys in the band for about 10 years.’’
McGrath met Gang of Youths’ lead vocalist David Le’aupepe while still in high school, when they were both selected to participate in the Schools Spectacular and the Talent Development Program.
‘‘We became good mates and I stayed with Dave when I went to Sydney,’’ McGrath said.
‘‘We (Shane Rowe and I) are now building a couple of guitars for the band.’’
Bats out for Batman
Some of the movie-goers at the Cinema Pop Up showing of the Lego Batman Movie were treated to an extra, and apt, display on Saturday night.
As night fell and the movie was just about to start, a group of bats flew out of the nearby trees and over the top of viewers at Edward River Oval.
More bats emerged gradually for at least the next 20 minutes, after which it became too dark to see anything but the movie.
Some viewers reported seeing some of the bats flying at eye level in front of the crowd.
Saturday was the third of four nights of screenings hosted by Cinema Pop Up, and supported by Edward River Council.
Big Hero 6 was screened last Thursday, Red Dog last Friday night and the mature adult film Step Brothers was screened on Sunday.
Library’s Lego Club
Lego was the theme of the day at the Deniliquin library on Wednesday, when it held the first of its school holiday program activities.
The Lego Fun session has the theme ‘Something with wheels’, with some interesting creations constructed during the session.
Another Lego Fun session will be held next Wednesday, January 17, from 2pm.
Places are limited, so bookings are required. Drop into the library in Napier St, Deniliquin or call 58983100.
In the meantime, Lego lovers can join the library’s Lego Club, held each Saturday at the Napier St library from 10am to midday.
Berrigan car, bike show
Calling all motoring enthusiasts — the fourth annual Berrigan Show ‘n’ Shine Swap Meet and Farmers’ Market will roll into Berrigan this Sunday.
Hosted at the Berrigan Golf and Bowls Club in Stewart St, the family focused event will feature well in excess of 100 bikes, 300 cars and vintage trucks.
They will assemble from 7.30am, with judging to take place mid-morning.
You can also peruse and enjoy the local produce offered at the Farmers’ Market, or grab some other great items for your collection at the swap meet. Catering is also available.
Fletch from Classic Car Restos will be wandering around filming for their show.
Entry to the show ‘n’ shine is $5 per person, or free for those under 16. Gates open to the public at 7am.
Holidays speeding by
It seems like the school holidays had only just begun, but it also seems to be going by quite quickly.
Most Deniliquin and district schools — those located in the Department of Education’s western zone, often referred to as the ‘hot zone’ — will head back to the classroom on Monday, February 5.
Those in the eastern zone, which includes nearby Finley and some of the small schools between Deniliquin and Finley, will go back to class on Monday, January 29.
For those who go to school across the border, the school terms also start on Monday, January 29 with a staff development day.
We’ll have a special feature in next Friday’s edition explaining how local businesses can help you get back to school.
We’re in for another scorcher today, with a top of 42°C predicted.
While the temperature is still expected to drop for the three following days, the Bureau of Meteorology and Elders Weather still predict an ‘extreme’ UV index every day until Tuesday.
Saturday and Sunday are expected to have relative humidity readings of more than 50 per cent, with a top of 27°C predicted both days.
The steamy conditions will probably be aided by rain — an 80 per cent chance of up to 5mm today and a 30 per cent change of slight showers tomorrow.
Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley is reminding organisations and communities to consider applying for Australian Government funding under the Armistice Centenary Grants Program.
Marking the official end of Australia’s Anzac Centenary Program, local expressions of interest in the one-off grants close Monday.
Ms Ley said the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018 is one of the most important remembrance periods in our history.
She said grants from $3,000 can be allocated to help support projects or activities in our region which will commemorate the end of the First World War.
‘‘I really want to encourage anyone in Farrer who would like to contribute to this significant moment in our nation’s history to submit an expression of interest through my office,’’ she said.
‘‘An independent local committee will assess each application to ensure we commemorate the occasion and properly acknowledge the bravery of those who fought for a just and secure peace.’’
For full details and grant assessment criteria, call 1300303203 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.