A number of local residents found themselves star-struck this week after recognising a familiar face from well-known Aussie TV drama, Home and Away.
Scott Lee, who plays Hunter King in the long-running soap opera, was spotted in Deniliquin’s CBD on Wednesday.
The Sydney-based actor was seen enjoying coffee at Cafe 285 with his good friend and Deniliquin local, Dylan Hare.
‘‘I have a week off production for the Easter break, so I road-tripped over to see Dylan for a couple days,’’ he said.
‘‘I arrived on Tuesday and we haven’t really done much — mainly sleeping.
‘‘Dylan’s planning for us to go horse riding or fishing in the next few days. We’ll just be hanging out.’’
The Home and Away star began his role on the soap opera in 2015, however it was recently announced his time on the show will come to an end in late 2017.
Paralympic gold medallist Libby Kosmala will tell her story at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Monday, May 1.
Kosmala is an Australian shooter with paraplegia, and has represented Australia at 12 Paralympics from 1972 to 2016. She has also won 13 medals, nine of which are gold.
Event coordinator and fellow Paralympian David McPherson said Kosmala’s amazing achievements and different experiences make her well worth listening to.
‘‘Libby will be speaking on her times as a Paralympian, having represented Australia 12 times,’’ he said.
‘‘She’s very well known and has lots of unique stories and achievements to tell in her 48 years as a Paralympic shooter.
‘‘Anyone with an interest in shooting, or sport in general will find it interesting because not many people have represented Australia 12 times,’’ Mr McPherson said.
Coordinated by the Deniliquin Rotary and Lions clubs, the event will be held in the RSL’s Gallery restaurant from 6.30pm. The cost is $20, which also includes a meal.
For more information or to attend, phone 0418452521 before noon on April 30.
‘KINGS’ ON CONAN
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard made their international TV debut on American talk show Conan on Tuesday.
The seven piece band, which includes Deniliquin’s Michael Cavanagh and Eric Moore, played their song ‘The Lord of the Lightning’ on the California based TV show, which is hosted by writer, comedian and performer Conan O’Brien.
After their guest performance for the late night viewers, Conan said to the band, ‘‘that was killer ... that was fantastic ... I loved it.’’
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are in the midst of their North American tour, which includes an appearance at Coachella, one of the world’s biggest music festivals.
‘The Lord of Lightning’ comes from their forthcoming album Murder of the Universe, which is released on June 23.
Also on the local music scene, post-punk band Destrends has received a glowing review from Beat Magazine, a popular publication covering ‘everything Melbourne’.
This week’s edition described Destrends’ latest album release, Lousy Lover, as ‘‘raw, dark and enticing to listen to over and over’’.
The EP received an overall score of 9/10.
Two-thirds of the popular Melbourne band are Deniliquin brothers Matt and Nathan Savage, who have combined with Billy Watts to create their distinct, theatrical rock style.
To purchase a copy of Lousy Lover, head to https://destrends.bandcamp.com/merch.
Bring your own bean-bag and popcorn and enjoy a free family movie screening on Friday, May 19.
The Intereach Neighbourhood Centre in Trickett St, Deniliquin will be hosting two great movies — Disney’s Moana and the comical Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
Moana will start at 4pm, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople at 6.30pm, and a light supper will be provided.
For more information, phone Intereach Family Services on 5890 5200.
BACK TO SCHOOL
After a jam-packed Easter break in Deniliquin, it’s time to get into the ‘back to school’ routine.
As the holidays come to a close, students, teachers and parents are all readying themselves for the upcoming term.
NSW public school students will return to the classroom on Wednesday, April 26 for the beginning of term two, which finishes on June 30.