Measles alert for Riverina

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Residents in the Riverina District should be alert for measles symptoms after an infected woman from Victoria recently spent time in Moama and Echuca.

The woman visited the below locations while infectious:

● Rich River Golf Club, Moama on May 10 between 7.30pm and 9pm.

● Echuca Hotel, Echuca on May 11 between 1pm and 3pm.

Public Health Director Tracey Oakman said the Rich River Golf Club does not pose an ongoing risk.

However, people who were at the same location at the same time as the woman should be alert for signs and symptoms of measles until May 28, as it can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear.

‘‘Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, spotty rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body,’’ Mrs Oakman said.

Local legend

Deni Rams captain and vet John Anstee will be honoured for his heroic efforts on Good Friday.

As most people are aware, during the annual rivalry clash against Finley Dr Anstee came off the field to save a dog bitten by a snake, only to return to help his side win the game.

The fabled story reached a wide audience across the country with major news outlets — including the Herald Sun, Weekly Times, 3AW and our good friends at the Shepparton News — and even made international headlines, with the story featured on the Daily Mail UK’s website.

His story now has caught the attention of Channel 7 AFL-based talk show The Front Bar, who will receive the show’s local legends lap of honour.

The Front Bar camera crew and producers will be filming the lap of honour at the Rams’ home ground at Hardinge St Oval at 12 noon on Sunday.

Locals are asked to get down to the oval to cheer on John for the segment as he gets his lap of honour.

Unfortunately for fans of the weekly show, hosts Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang won’t be there for the segment, which is set to air on The Front Bar at a later date.

This will be the second time the show has honoured a local legend with Wakool’s Reagan Hamilton lauded on the work he did for the now defunct Wakool Football Club, where he filled the role of senior and fourths coach, played for the seniors and reserves and marked the lines each morning before the games.

Stall funds purchase

The Navorina Auxiliary Mother’s Day stall and raffle raised $2157 for the nursing home which went towards a recent equipment order totalling $16,389.

The funds were spent on alarm mats, wheelchair cushions, a portable CD player, a touch screen computer, electrical heat packs and portable oxygen cylinder.

A generous donation of more than $4500 from the Deniliquin Soroptimist Club and a bed and mattress from the $1000 Deniliquin RSL Club donation has gone towards these equipment costs.

The Navorina Auxiliary said the purchase of the equipment would not be possible without the generous support of the public and various clubs and businesses.

The auxiliary also thanked everyone who purchased raffle tickets and contributed cakes, flowers, plants and other items to the stall.

Winners of the Mother’s Day raffle are as follows:

John Bradford, 1; Clancy Family, 2; Mavis Brooks, 3.

Congratulations to these lucky winners.

Nominations close tonight

The 2019 Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards nominations close today at 5pm to be judged ahead of the event’s gala awards night on Friday, June 21.

Nominees are contacted soon after their nomination to receive a questionnaire which must be returned to the chamber by Wednesday, May 29 for judging on Friday, May 31.

The judging panel will be made up of four independent judges including Beck Hayward, Rachel Turnbull and Alexandra Toohey.

The fourth panel member is yet to be confirmed.

The Business Excellence Awards have been running ‘on and off’ in Deniliquin for more than 20 years with great success. After a brief spell they returned when the Pastoral Times took the mantle of major sponsor, and we have been pleased to continue in that role.

The Deniliquin Business Chamber organises this event to celebrate and recognise business excellence in the local community.

There are 14 award categories, which are open to businesses who are chamber members and their staff, that are located within 75km of Deniliquin.

Nominate online at or pick up a form from the chamber office in End St or the Deniliquin Pastoral Times office in Cressy St.

Big truck display

Many who attended Saturday’s Deniliquin NSW Fire & Rescue open day were surprised to see just how many fire trucks were on display in the adjacent George St car park.

While some of the vehicles belong to the brigade itself, including the prized Bedford, others were loaned to the firefighters from private collections.

Fiona Petersen, whose father Ken Rose was engine master at the brigade until his death in 2017, owns a few of the fire trucks.

For Saturday’s display she contributed her most recent purchase — a former Deniliquin truck which was under the care of her father.

Deniliquin’s Neville Purtill also loaned some trucks to the display from his collection, which is an extension of his connection to the transport industry.