Deniliquin Pastoral Times

What’s Up in Deni

By Olivia Duffey

Deniliquin will soon feature on the caravan and camping show ifWhat’s Up Downundernf.

The program’s crew were in Deniliquin this week to film its fundraising summer series ‘Convoy For Charity’.

Each year, the program chooses a partnering charity for the eight episode series, this year being Rural Aid.

Co-host Robby Nethercote said they pick fresh destinations to travel with caravans and shoot episodes along the way.

‘‘We arrived in Deniliquin on Monday afternoon and have had a great time,’’ she said.

‘‘We toured the Ute Muster site and did some circle work out there, which was great fun.

‘‘We also went to the Deniliquin Golf Club to play a few rounds and (club manager) Norm Purtill was just fantastic in helping us.

‘‘We went out to the bike trail and Jane Frazer from the information centre set up a wonderful ride alongside the Edward River.

‘‘We toured the lagoon walks and had the most incredible spread of food organised by Erica (Singleton) from council and provided by the Long Table Cafe.

‘‘Finally, Deniliquin BIG4 organised kayaking and fishing on the river.’’

Fellow host Craig ‘Macca’ McGown said Deniliquin’s hospitality was fantastic and friendly — ‘‘just country folk being themselves’’.

‘‘You could not get this great country hospitality in the city and we have certainly enjoyed it,’’ he said.

‘‘I think fundraising for Rural Aid has been perfect for this trip and I have enjoyed spending time with the locals.’’

Macca and Robby also host what they call ‘happy hour’ at each location.

‘‘Happy hour is a tradition with travellers, particularly those caravanning,’’ Macca said.

‘‘It is when they all get together in the caravan park in the afternoon and enjoy a drink; it is a great way to meet people. It is just a part of the lifestyle.

‘‘So we host our own happy hour and our performers who travel with us — guitarist and singer Ron Sinclair and bush poet and comedian Dave ‘Prousty’ Proust — kick it off 

‘‘We invite local businesses and producers to sell their products and services at happy hour and they give a portion of the profit to the partnering charity, which is Rural Aid this year.

‘‘We also sell raffle tickets, do a sausage sizzle and it is just great to meet locals and travellers while doing a bit of good for charity.’’

The co-hosts said their Deniliquin happy hour was one of the biggest ‘‘roll-ups of people’’ they have had.

At the time of going to print yesterday, an air date for the episode had not been confirmed.