Visitors add mural to ‘must see’ list

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Deniliquin’s water tower mural project in not yet complete, and is already having the desired effect in attracting visitors.

The Pastoral Times was contacted this week by a family who are planning to arrive in Deniliquin today, and specifically wanted to find out where they could view the emerging art work. We are also aware of visitors from the United States who took great interest in the mural on Wednesday.

The gradual transformation of the 22.8m high water tower on Russell St in Deniliquin’s west is gaining a lot of local attention as well, with a number of locals taking time each day to stop by and see the progress being made by visiting artist Cam Scales.

Yesterday he was close to finishing the second of his two kookaburras on the side of the water tower which faces Whitelock St.

It won’t be long until he’s starting on the other side, facing the new-look Scott’s Park, which will depict a traditional country campfire under a starry sky.

Tribute to Jane

Country Wedding and Event Hire owners Andrew and Donna Jefferies have paid a beautiful tribute to their good friend Jane McNamara.

Jane sadly lost her battle with stage four Metastatic breast cancer last week, with a funeral service held on Wednesday.

While being unable to make the service due to a heavy work schedule, the Jefferies showed their support with a pink ribbon balloon and Can Assist colours green and gold balloons in front of their shop.

‘‘We weren’t able to be there but we wanted to show the family our support,’’ Donna said.

‘‘We had a friendship with Jane through the footy club and we proudly wore the pink ribbons in honour of her.

‘‘She was also a regular customer, getting balloons for her kids or grandkids’ birthday parties.

‘‘We also wanted to show our support for Can Assist as we know they helped Jane throughout her battle with cancer.

‘‘What the girls at Can Assist do is amazing and they really do make a difference.’’

Double feature

Intereach is hosting a ‘special double feature’ matinee screening tomorrow in recognition of NAIDOC Week.

Community members are invited to the Intereach Neighbourhood Centre on the corner of Napier and Trickett Sts in Deniliquin from 1.30pm for a 2pm start.

The documentary Connections to Country and hit movie The Sapphires will both be screened.

Popcorn and light refreshments will be provided. BYO bean bags or ‘comfy’ chairs.

For more information, call Intereach on 1300488226. All are welcome.

Icy blast

Local residents are being urged to brace themselves for a freezing weekend, as an Antarctic blast and polar pulses make their way across the country.

The wintry conditions hit South Australia on Wednesday, and were paired with strong winds which caused a bit of destruction.

Meteorologists say the weather phenomenon then started its journey toward Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT.

At the time the Pastoral Times went to print yesterday, it was expected to reach Victoria last night and New South Wales this morning.

A second, more powerful system is expected to lash most of south east Australia throughout today before a final cold front moves across the same path for the weekend.

Elders Weather has forecast a top of 15°C for today and a low of 7°C, and a 90 per cent chance of up to 5mm of rain.

Saturday is expected to reach a top of 15°C and a low of 4°C with a 10 per cent chance of less than 1mm of rain.

The mercury will drop again on Sunday, with a top of 13°C and a low of 1°C predicted. Less than 1mm of rain is expected Sunday, but there is a high chance of frost.

Challenge for tradies

Applications are now open for the Deniliquin Ute Muster’s annual Tradie Challenge.

There is $4000 in prizemoney up for grabs to be shared by the four competing teams, with the winner the team judged to have built the best seating shelter structure on the first day of the October 4 and 5 event.

As a bonus, the team will have bragging rights and the title of ‘CAT Tradies of the Year’ until the next Muster.

Each team will get just six hours to complete their structure, with a break for lunch.

The chosen construction needs to be built to be usable and serve the purpose of providing shaded seating to at least 10 festival patrons at a time, therefore they must meet safety standards and be built to a high quality to withstand the outdoor weather for years to come.

All building materials and tools needed will be supplied by the Deni Ute Muster.

To date, local teams have won all but one of the last four challenges.

Deni teams won the first two challenges in 2015 and 2016, before a duo from Melbourne won the title in 2017. The locals won back bragging rights last year when the Barham/Wakool team of James Martin, Matt Lolicato and Ryan and Hayden Gordon built the best shelter shack.

Applications for the 2019 competition close Friday, August 9. The online entry form can be found at, under the ‘apply’ tab.