Wednesday was Deniliquin’s hottest April day in modern history.
By 2pm the mercury hit 38.4°C, just shy of the 38.6°C recorded on April 1, 1897.
It means this week’s top temperature is now the fourth highest since the Bureau of Meteorology’s records start in 1858.
The highest April temperature on record with the BoM was on April 2, 1875 when a maximum of 41.7°C was recorded.
The next highest was 40°C recorded on April 5, 1886.
The last time the mercury climbed above 36°C on an April day was in 1986, when on April 4 it topped at 37.6°C.
The average maximum temperature at Deniliquin — based on all BoM data — is only 23.5°C.
Thank you barbecue
A term’s work from Deniliquin High School students on the Deniliquin Lagoons Restoration Project was celebrated with a barbecue at the McFaull Park lagoon on Wednesday.
Students involved in the project were joined by committee members and supporters, who thanked them for a job well done.
Student Billy Michael said term one had seen the high school group clear the water primrose from both the Burchfield Park lagoon and the Werrpanakata Fish Park at Brown’s Park, as well as learning how to identify small bodied fish.
Helping to guide them was Dan Hutton, who has been employed by the Edward Wakool Angling Association to assist with the high school’s engagement program.
In term two, the Year 10 students will assist with construction of a bridge to the fish park island.
The Deniliquin Airport will be the place to be tomorrow, when the Deniliquin Aero Club hosts a variety of activities to celebrate local aviation.
Coinciding with the club’s fly-in will be the launch of a historical display on the Royal Australian Air Force No. 7 Service Flying Training School which was based in Deniliquin during World War II.
To complement both there will be a mini air show featuring aerobatics, fire bombing displays, plane and vintage car displays and live music from the Edward River Concert Band and Sing Australia Choir.
It will kick off with a Deniliquin Rotary barbecue lunch from 1pm.
Hitch a ride to opera
Completing the day of excitement at the Deniliquin Airport on Saturday will be the famed opera The Barber of Seville in an airport hangar.
Dubbed Sky High Opera, the sell-out event has been organised by South West Music in conjunction with Co-Opera.
Doors will open at 6.30pm, with a bar available, and the performance will begin at 7.30pm.
For those wishing to leave their car at home, South West Music and Purtills have organised a complimentary bus service.
It will leave the North Junction Caltex at 6.30pm and pick up at East End Store at 6.40pm and Cobb Highway Caltex at 6.45pm.
The bus will return in reverse order, leaving the airport at 11.15pm. To secure a seat, contact SWM on 58814736.
A petition to encourage KFC to reopen a store in Deniliquin has been started on the online petition platform change.org, and is gaining traction locally.
It has already been signed by 153 people, with the initial goal to reach 200.
The petition is attempting to entice KFC Australia to consider a Deniliquin store by highlighting that the town’s appetite for the fast food has not disappeared since the local store closed in 2010.
In November 2010 Deniliquin KFC owner David Bird revealed the business had been ‘‘unviable for about 10 years’’’ and his other Victorian stores had been ‘‘propping it up’’.
Mr Bird and his wife Marie, who owned the local franchise for 18 years, said they couldn’t justify keeping it open any longer.
A project which aims to demonstrate how our region was shaped by war will be launched in Finley on Monday, April 23 ahead of Anzac Day commemorations.
The Passing Out Parade project is an exhibition of photographs and audio stories of men and women who have participated in military service or provided support at home.
The launch will be held at the Finley RS Club on Monday, April 23 from 10am. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to register by April 16. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (03)58817749.
Duo at top level
While last weekend was the first time two Deniliquin footballers played in the AFL in the same round, it wasn’t the first time that a Deni duo had played at top level.
Former Deni footballers Ian Egerton and Bob Henderson achieved this feat in 1953 in round 18 of the VFL.
Not only did the pair play on the same weekend but they played against each other in what was Henderson’s debut for Fitzroy against Egerton’s Hawthorn side, with Fitzroy picking up the 20 point win.
Egerton played with East Deni and the Deni Rams, the latter in which he played 37 games and won the best and fairest in 1951, before moving to Hawthorn.
At Hawthorn he played from 1953-58 totaling 56 games as a ruckman and representing Victoria in 1955.
Henderson also played with East Deni and 19 games with the Deni Rams before moving to Fitzroy. At Fitzroy he played one game in 1953 and after one season off played from 1955-62 for a total of 137 games at full back, representing Victoria in 1959.
At East Deniliquin the pair played in the premiership side of 1950, with Henderson winning back to back flags with the club the following year.