Home from China

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Our ‘China Girls’, Anne Robertson and Sharnie Celli, have recently returned after busily introducing Chinese residents and tourists to the things that make Mathoura great at a cultural event in Guangzhou, China.

They were showcasing the Mathoura Speed Shear and Chainsaw Competitions, along with Mathoura’s popular Bra Fence that raises funds to assist cancer sufferers with transport expenses incurred while seeking treatment.

Hundreds of locals and tourists flocked to the Australian cultural and educational experience in China, which had a True Blue Aussie feel.

Photographs provided an insight into life here, depicting the world’s largest stand of red gum forests, the mighty Murray River and our pastoral industry. 

The opportunity to showcase Mathoura came from former local, Gerard McCormick, who is also exhibiting his Cottontail Wines and Academy based in Wagga.

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Congratulations to Anthony Hulm who is winner of the Mathoura Bowling Club’s Men’s Club Singles Championship 25-up for the current season.

Anthony won in a close game from David Hicks who is also congratulated for making the final.

Following the championship match, Anthony represented the club in the Champion of Champions competition in Moama.

He won the first round but unfortunately success evaded him in round two.

Beryl Murray also represented the club in the two-day contest and while making it to the final against Moama’s Melissa Roberts and playing well, she was unsuccessful.

The club’s members are proud of both players’ efforts and the way they represented Mathoura. 

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While Mathoura, thankfully, is a long way from the raging fires which have been devastating the country we are still seeing some of the effects through the smoke haze which has clouded our skies.

Residents should be alert to the damaging effect smoke can have on those with breathing problems and are encouraged to keep a watchful eye on family members and neighbours who may be affected.

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Locals and visitors trying to keep the kids amused during these holidays are reminded that access is available to the grounds of the Mathoura Public School.

MPS is involved in the government’s ‘Share our Space’ program which allows use of the grounds and the equipment within them.

Security is provided to ensure the safety of those who take advantage of the program.

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Mathoura and district residents, and visitors to our area, will again be offered the opportunity to celebrate the nation’s birthday this year.

Australia Day will be marked by a free sausage sizzle breakfast in the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens.

The event will be hosted by the Mathoura On The Map Committee.

More details to come.

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Mathoura Bowling Club has a busy schedule for this weekend.

The club’s Division 1 team will contest its Campaspe Valley pennant game against Moama under lights at Mathoura tonight, and it will be followed by the CVBD State Fours on Sunday.

Tonight’s contest will get underway at 6pm while Sunday’s contest will start at 9.30am.

Mathoura will have two teams competing on Sunday, so go along and watch some good bowls.