Opinion

Massive weekend for the Rovers

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

It’s a big weekend for the Deniliquin Rovers Football & Netball Club, which is preparing to hold its annual 250 club draw and goods and services auction tomorrow night.

Tickets are still available, with a $100 ticket granting entry into the $5000 draw.

The day will start at 12.30pm with complimentary food and drinks for ticket holders until the final siren of the seniors.

The match will be followed by the goods and services auction at 5.45pm, with more than 40 items up for grabs. It includes sports memorabilia, Medallion Club tickets to the footy, service hire, vouchers and much more.

The $5000 draw will be held at 6.30pm, with remaining items to be auctioned afterwards.

To get your ticket in the draw, contact the club via the Deniliquin Rovers Football & Netball Club’s Facebook page.

To see a list of auction items, turn to page 8.

Croc investigation

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has officially launched an investigation into the discovery of a dead crocodile in Barham.

The croc was found skinned from just behind the head to the top of the tail by a visiting fisherman, who pulled it from the Murray River.

It was a startling find, because even though it was a freshwater crocodile it was thousands of kilometres from where the species is normally found.

Amber’s in town

Country music star Amber Lawrence is in Deniliquin and will perform her first concert at the Deniliquin Club tonight.

It is one of two concerts she will perform with a free children’s concert tomorrow.

The Muso Night performance will see her backed by a band of Deni High School students. She provided the music for her new single ‘Outrageous’ from the Spark album to the school last month and will workshop it with the students today.

The free children’s concert will be hosted at South West Music’s new regional conservatorium, in the former Commonwealth Bank building in Cressy St, from 2.30pm tomorrow.

Amber Lawrence is the only country artist currently making children’s music and wants kids to come along and join the fun, dancing and singing with her. She will perform music from her children’s album ‘The Kid’s Gone Country’.

The Muso Night performance will be hosted at the Deniliquin Club with doors opening at 6.30pm for show time at 7.45pm. Tickets for that performance can be purchased from https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=519161.

Focus on education

Next week is Education Week, and now in its 75th year the focus this year is on ‘Every student, every voice’.

It is a statewide, annual event to celebrate NSW public education, this year held from August 5 to August 9.

This year’s theme is designed to celebrate student empowerment and how the NSW public education system gives students the skills they need in order to have and express a voice during their own educational journey and as engaged global citizens.

To celebrate Education Week, the Pastoral Times will have a special ‘Focus on Education’ feature in Tuesday’s edition.

No early start

Some regions of NSW yesterday officially entered the bush fire danger period, but local brigades are not expected to follow suit.

Twelve local government areas are already declared due to ‘‘prevailing dry conditions’’, including Armidale, Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Glen Innes Severn, Inverell, Kempsey, Mid Coast, Nambucca, Port Macquarie Hastings, Tenterfield, Uralla and Walcha.

Mid Murray Inspector Doug Adamson said while people should take precautions at all times, he said ‘‘as it looks at the minute’’ an early start to the danger period is not necessary in the local area.

He said unless there is a consensus of brigades beforehand, the bush fire danger period will begin as normal on October 1.

Youth survey

Mission Australia is urging 15-19 year-old young people in the Riverina to speak up on personal concerns and broader issues that are important to them by participating in Youth Survey 2019 before it closes on August 9.

Mission Australia hopes that with more participation this year, the charity will be able to provide a broader overview of the issues that are important to the health, mental health and wellbeing of young people across the country. The survey results will be released in November and will be used to advocate on behalf of young people.

This year’s Youth Survey also includes some new focus questions to better understand young people’s thoughts around bullying, disability and whether young people feel they have enough say about the issues that affect them.

To take part in the survey visit www.missionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey.