Wrights introduce daughter to Muster

October 07, 2017

Jackie Rayner, Ricky Bond and Andy Pearn in the studio recording their album.

Brock Close with Richmond great Matthew ‘Richo’ Richardson at the Grand Final after party on Saturday night.

Brock Close (right) and Paddy McCartin during half time at the AFL Grand Final on Saturday.

Olympic swimmers Melanie and Chris Wright are no strangers to Deniliquin and district, and the couple were accompanied by a special little guest at this year’s Ute Muster.

Their daughter — Madison — was born in February this year, and attended her first ‘Play on the Plains’ on Friday and Saturday.

As ambassadors for the country music festival, Muster chairman and family friend Russell Tait said the couple’s involvement is always highly valued.

‘‘Chris helped judge the Tradies Challenge and Mel was involved with the blue singlet count,’’ he said.

‘‘They attended the Chairman’s Reception and stayed at our home — they’re a lovely young couple.

‘‘It’s always lovely when they come down from Queensland, and a few years ago they made school visits to Wakool and Conargo after Mel won a gold medal in London (Olympic Games).’’

After officially hanging up the goggles last year, Mrs Wright is studying medicine at Bond University on the Gold Coast. Mr Wright is finishing an architecture degree at Griffith University.

Their first trip to Deniliquin and district was in May 2013.

Grand Final Close-up

Former local Brock Close had the experience of a lifetime, with the die-hard Richmond supporter attending the AFL Grand Final with his close friend, St Kilda key forward Paddy McCartin, on Saturday.

With the Tigers breaking their 37 year premiership drought, Brock celebrated into the night with other Richmond fans.

He and Paddy were privileged enough to attend the September Club Grand Final after party, rubbing shoulders with former players like Matthew ‘Richo’ Richardson (Tigers) and Chris Judd (Carlton) and current players Nic Naitanui (West Coast) and Joe Daniher (Essendon).

It was a big day for Brock, who described it as ‘‘the best day of his life’’.

Andrew’s journey begins

Local desert explorer Andrew Harper embarked on his six-month expedition across the Tropic of Capricorn on Sunday, attempting to cover more than 4000km walking from the Pacific Ocean in Chile to the Atlantic in Brazil.

Accompanied by only a small cart, Mr Harper has set a fundraising goal of $100,000 and all funds will be donated to Muscular Dystrophy Australia. He is expected to return to Australia in around March 2018.

For more information or to donate to the cause, head to

Cultural celebrations

Wamba Wamba Perrepa Perrepa cultural celebrations will kick off on Monday with a free breakfast at Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre from 8.30am.

Yarkuwa will also have an emu and brolga exhibit opening on Tuesday, and will host school visits and cultural tours of the Island Sanctuary and the North Deniliquin forest between October 9 to 20.

Yarkuwa Indigenous Knowledge Centre is located at the corner of End and Junction Sts, Deniliquin.

To RSVP for the breakfast or for more information, email [email protected] or call Yarkuwa on 58813312.

Album launch

Gomer & The Girl will release its new album Boo in Deniliquin tonight and tomorrow.

The first launch will be held tonight at The Deniliquin Club in George St, from 7pm. The band members — Ricky Bond, Jackie Rayner and Andy Pearn — will then perform songs from their new album at Deniliquin’s Exchange Hotel tomorrow from 5pm to 8pm.

The band says Boo is a 40 minute collection of eight songs, many of them capturing tales of family and friendship. It was recorded at Flying Fox Studios in Wagga.

■Gomer & The Girl has provided the Pastoral Times with two copies of the new album to give away. To claim one, email [email protected] or place your name and contact number on an envelope and bring it into the PT office by 10am Monday. Winners will be announced in Tuesday’s edition.


In last Friday’s Out & About page, regarding Joan Pawson’s 60th birthday, it was mistakenly printed that Joan wore a brooch belonging to her late mother. The brooch belonged to Joan’s late grandmother. Her mother is not deceased. We apologise for any concern this may have caused.

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