National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) – March 16

March 16 2018

Today is the 8th annual National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) and the message has been spoken loud and clear that Bullying and Violence are unacceptable.

Bullying, we’ve written so much about it and while it may be seen as a tiresome subject to some it is one that pops up again and again because it happens again and again.

For us (writers and thinkers of DNS), the word ‘Bullying’ first came to our attention 20 years ago at North School when a phrase was repeatedly said which was ‘Bullies have a problem’ and those words made people realize that something was happening in the world and that the world wasn’t all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows.

20 years ago, a student could get bullied from 9am to 3pm, go home, enjoy life and then go back to school, it was tough but people had a chance to get through the day because a student could relax by playing outside or play a video game and have a chance to forget what taken place hours earlier.

These days kids get bullied from 9am to 3pm, they go home and thanks to modern technology they get can bullied from afar via text messages, pictures, videos and memes until bed time and there isn’t really anybody can do about it unless going through legal channels.

Sure a person can turn off all their devices but why should they be deprived of their right to be entertained or to be in contact with those they love? The best advice is to block the people who make it bad and enjoy the people who make things good.

But bullying doesn’t only take place in schools as it also happens in the workplace and bullying in the workplace can have a just as devastating impact compared to what happens in a school.

We all need to be kinder, more thoughtful people, we spend so much time telling people that they are ‘stupid’, ‘dumb’, ‘idiotic’, ‘slow’ and so many other terms and we do it loudly with a flair of superiority because we want to be right and be better than somebody else.

We tell people that they are either too skinny or too fat and have voices that are too high pitched or are too deep.

We criticize how people walk, how they run, how they jump and how they sit and we put expectations on people to be in our own image.

The quest for others to like ourselves can damage a person’s self esteem, make them question their self worth and their faith in humanity.

This damage and internal questioning of themselves can lead to anxiety and/or depression and sometimes the bullying can lead to tragic consequences.

We tell people that they can’t do this and can’t do that when it comes to future careers because they are either male or female or transgender and they don’t fit in the mould people have set for that career.

We wake up every morning and see politicians call each other everything in the book and we see the online comments have a roaring trade that consists of people being called ‘left wing loony’ and so many other descriptions despite many people not knowing what makes somebody fit into any wing, cockpit, tail, fuselage etc of politics.

We see people like President Donald Trump be called everything under the sun because he calls people everything under the sun and this could go back and forth until 2020 or 2024 or the day one side decides that instead of going after the man, we go after his policies or President Trump thinks instead of calling people things like ‘Lying Ted’ he’ll sell his vision of what he wants the United States of America to be to the people.

We are too quick to ‘slam’ the generation that came after us, we compare how one generation lived as youths to the current one and say ‘our generation did this, this and this’ easily and we even call them names like ‘snowflakes’.

But if we swapped generations around you might find that the solutions that worked in the past may be useless in the future and you might even live life exactly the same way as the people you criticize.

When we break up with people we go around and tell people everything that was wrong with the other person and those stories can be exaggerated or they never happened and each side fires back at the other bringing both sides down, making both feeling horrible and downcast perhaps even ruined.

When we or someone we know is being bullied, we must always remember that there are people out there who are willing to listen and are willing to act on what is happening, we must always remember that we are cared about and loved and we are an important piece of peoples lives and vice versa and we need each other.

It is also important to remember words can be used to hurt someone but those words can lose their power if they are ignored by the person coping the abuse, this scene from ‘Road House’ sums it up nicely, virtually the message of the scene is that an insult is made to ‘elicit a prescribed response’.

Another quote that may be of some inspiration is from Winston Churchill at a time Germany was crushing army after army in World War 2, he challenged Adolf Hitler by saying ‘do your worst and we’ll do our best’.

To make that statement fit into what we are saying, it means you can make fun of the way a person walks, runs and jumps as well as talk but they are going to keep walking, they will keep running, they will keep jumping around and they will keep talking and there is nothing you can do about it to stop me.

Of course it must be said that people do insult their friends in jest, you will see it when people compare their batting skills or their karaoke skills and we’re not suggesting to end ribbing between friends as everyone knows there is a line between what is acceptable between friends and what is not.

We may not all get along with each other on this planet of ours but we can always strive to be respectful to each other and keep our thoughts to ourselves or tell people how things are with thoughtfulness, kindness and awareness that what we tell people can be hurtful especially if they are false, exaggerated or untrue.

It is time to end the cycle of people dying because of our words and our actions by teaching people to be nicer and teach people that those who insult us are not worth our time and that their words are meaningless and we’re going to keep on living the best we can.

If you need any help, there are plenty of options including calling the following
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800
Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511
National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 737 732 Men’s Line Australia on 1300 789 978

Information can also be found on the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group website.


Deni’s Super Weekend – March 10 to 11

March 9 2018

There is plenty happening in Deniliquin this weekend with locals and tourists spoiled for choice and below are some of the events happening.

Saturday has the ‘Do It In Deni Street Bazaar’ from 9am to 2pm which will see the middle section of Cressy Street and the closest the National Bridge end of Napier Street closed to road traffic.

There will be sales conducted by businesses, there will be Sausage Sizzles, Buskers, Performers, A Dog Parade,  Boat Display, Tasting Tables, Displays, Promotions, Edward on Edward Music Event ticket sales and more.

The Farmers Market will also be taking place in the Waring Gardens at the same time and you can find more information on the Bazaar here

As the Bazaar winds down, there will be action at the Deniliquin Swim Centre as Channel 4 Change brings Chloe McCardel to town and the 24 time English Channel crosser will be holding two sessions during the two hour event.

The first session will have Chloe talk about her experiences as an elite athlete and will go into talking about training, nutrition and goal setting.

The second session is a swimming coaching lesson, the cost is $10 per person and $25 for families and it will be a great day for learning and swimming, readers can find out more here.

After the event, there will be a Fundraising Dinner & Auction at Deniliquin High from 6:30pm.

Ritu Mehra will be conducting Indian Food cooking lessons at Intereach on March 10, 17 and 24, the cost is $50 and it starts at 11am and runs until 2pm, more information can be found here.

If you want to check out the draft of the Community Strategic Plan and have your say on it, you can between 10am and 12pm at 42 Napier Street.

Sunday March 11 has Edward on the Edward Music Event, this event takes place at ‘The Point’ and runs from 1pm until 6:30pm

Tickets can be purchased from Deniliquin Newsagency, Peppin Planners, South West Music & Edward School and if you get one before 1pm Saturday you will go into the draw to win the raffle at the ‘Do It In Deni Street Bazaar’.

Tickets are $30 with School Children free provided they are accompanied by an Adult, Further details such as a map to the event can be found here.

Gomer & The Girl are performing at the Exchange Hotel from 5pm until 9pm.

PDFNL and AFL Victoria split

March 7 2018

The PDFNL and AFL Victoria has gone their separate ways after failing to come to an agreement on terms.

AFL Victoria has been fighting with up to seven leagues as they are demanding that each league falls under AFL jurisdiction.

The PDFNL would of been overseen by AFL Goulburn Murray but the PDFNL fears that agreeing to the terms given to them means that AFL Victoria may be able to do what they like, the league would have its hands tied, the affiliation is too open ended and there were issues over financial transparency and privacy.

Leagues can also not make changes to their constitution, bylaws or rules without consent from the commission.

The PDFNL is confident that it can stand alone as it does have insurance and they have found a group to keep stats and other important factors rolling.

It is unknown at this time what clubs will do as it is reported that AFL Goulburn Murray is offering clubs the opportunity to become part of a new league.

A number of fans see AFL Victoria’s demands as overreach by the AFL and they support local leagues fighting for their rights to do things their way as it has been for decades if not over a century.

Edward River placed on Red Level Alert

March 6 2018

Blue-Green Algae has returned to the Edward River with a Red level alert being issued by WaterNSW.

It is advised that the Edward should not be used for potable water supply (without prior treatment) as well as stock watering and for recreational uses (swimming, water skiing etc).

According to WaterNSW, the red level alert is issued once the following happens;

“A red level alert is in place when >50,000 cells of Microcystis aeruginosa are present or a biovolume of all toxin producing cyanobacteria exceeds 4mm3/L

A red alert level is also triggered if the total of all blue-green algae (toxic and non-toxic) exceeds 10 mm3/L or scums are present for long periods”

According to the map, the Edward River has a cyanobacteria count of 10.74 mm3/L, we will continue to check the map regularly for updates.

Deniliquin making a recycling impact

March 5 2018

Yesterday was ‘Clean Up Australia Day’, it is a day that sneaks up on people as it seems that reports of the day get shorter and shorter by the year around the country.

Hundreds of items of rubbish were collected by volunteers, ensuring that the town is tidier than it was before and many thanks should go out to all those volunteers who went out on their Sunday to bring in the rubbish.

There is a change happening in town, people are thinking more about where their rubbish goes and are now working to put it in the right places.

Think about this, if the one ‘Return and Earn’ machine was filled every day in December 15,500 bottles were recycled by the town.

Now there are three machines and if those machines are filled each day that means 46,500 bottles would be recycled in the month of March and any month that has 30 days, 45,000.

December – 15,500
January – 15,500
February – 14,000 (may be higher due to expansion mid month)
March – 46,500
April – 45,000
May – 46,500
June – 45,000
July – 46,500
August – 46,500
September – 45,000
October – 46,500
November – 45,000

15,500 x 2 = 31,000
14,000 x 1 – 14,000
45,000 x 4 = 180,000
46,500 x 5 = 227,500

After twelve full months, Deniliquin has the potential to have recycled 457,500 bottles and at 10 cents a bottle that is a total around $45,750 back in the pockets of locals to spend any way they choose.

457,500 less bottles and cans in landfill and in the Edward River or our parks or Waring Gardens and more.

That is something to be proud of.

Deni Show – March 2 to 4 2018

March 1 2018

It is almost time for the Deni Show and there are a couple of things to think about

First up is admission prices

Entry for Adults is $15 for a day and $20 if they want to go on both days.

Children between 5 and 16 years old can get in for $2 each day.

Children who are under 5 years old are free.

The Family package is $30 for both days and is great for 2 adults & 2 children.

The Fireworks Special which is so you can get in to primarily watch the fireworks up close begins from 6pm on the Saturday is $5, fireworks go off at 9pm.

Laser Tag starts from 11am on Saturday, this will no doubt be a popular attraction.

South West Music will be having bands playing for the people at 5pm on Friday and Saturday.

Deni Drums & Dust will be hosting games from 1pm on Saturday and there are plenty of age groups 7yrs & under, 8 to 10 years old, 11 to 13 years old, 14 to 17 years old and
18 years & over.

Dogs will be in action from 2pm on Saturday, entry is a gold coin donation and entries can be made on the day, call into the Deniliquin Veterinary Clinic or their Facebook page.

There are three events for Dogs to enter from 2pm there will be ‘Best Dressed Dog’ followed by ‘Flat Chat Dog Race’ over 25m’ at 2:30pm and last is the ‘Dog Jump’ competition at 3:30pm, rules can be found here

There will be Poultry (that is living Poultry) on show as well as Dairy Cattle and Beef Cattle.

Horses will be going through their paces on the weekend, there are dozens of competitions, details on entry and cost of stables as well as rules can be found here.

Registration for the games hosted by Deni Drums & Dust takes place on the day at the Arena (near the entry to Willoughby’s Beach).

At 5pm on Saturday there will be a European Carp Throwing Competition, some may take pleasure in seeing a pest of the waterways being tossed around.

Schools have been making Clowns and have also been growing giant Pumpkins, which school will make and grow the best? stay tuned.

Fireworks will be going off at 9pm on Saturday March 3, as you can imagine pets will be scared by the sound of the fireworks going off so please keep your pets secure indoors and with company and if possible do not have them on a leash as there have been reports over the years of animals accidentally hanging themselves in their haste to get away.

There is plenty more that will be happening from Friday and that includes Shearing, Sheep & Wool, Rides, Tiny Tots, Ambassadors and more.

Further details can be found on the Deni Show Facebook Page and their website.

Postcards continue to sell

February 28 2018

It has been awhile since we’ve been able to acquire any postcards but this week we have brought two of them to share with everyone.

Postcard prices seem to be hanging around the $26 dollar mark with postcards from the early 20th century bringing in much higher prices especially of buildings that no longer exist.

These postcards mention Deniliquin on the back with a date of August 8 1955 but looking at the Town Hall picture, the pictures themselves may be from 1938 as the centre posters are promoting a film called ‘Boys Town‘ and that was a film of that year starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney.

The words are not visible in the scanned version but when looking at the real postcard they are visible.

‘Boys Town’ is a film that is considered a classic, it won Spencer Tracy an Oscar for his portrayal of Father Flanagan, ensured Mickey Rooney’s star status and they made a sequel in 1941 titled ‘Men of Boys Town’

Hopefully a magnifying glass will reveal what the other boards say as it is always interesting to see what was going on in town at a certain point of time and there is a chance of a good estimate of the date by attempting to find 1938 or 1939 papers to locate screening times of ‘Boys Town’.

The second image is of the Memorial Gates, the list of those who died or served in combat during the second world war were not up in this picture and there is still a gate on the right side.

Readers will also notice that on the right hand side is a fence before Waring Gardens, this was before the now low brick fence that we are accustomed to seeing and there is also a different array of trees in the background.

One thing that has gotten our attention is that the two cards respectively say V.5 and V.10 making us wonder what V.1 to V.4 and V.6 to V.9 are and anything beyond it as none of the other cards shown to readers have that.


Deni Speaks (27/2/18)

February 27 2018

Over the last few weeks we’ve asked questions on the Cemetery, Peacocks and Radio.

The Peacocks have been a popular issue locally recently and the state of the Cemetery has gained interest and radio is also important for locals as people search for the perfect radio station.

Questions Asked

1. Should the ERC immediately get Deniliquin Cemetery cleaned?
2. Do you agree with the decision to remove the Peacocks from Waring Gardens?
3. Have 102.5 and 1521 2QN improved with new owners?


Should the ERC immediately get Deniliquin Cemetery cleaned?

Yes – 96%
No – 4%

Do you agree with the decision to remove the Peacocks from Waring Gardens?

No – 87%
Yes – 13%

Have 102.5 and 1521 2QN improved with new owners?

No they both haven’t improved – 70.97%
Yes 1521 2QN has and 102.5 hasn’t – 12.9%
Yes they have both improved – 11.29%
Yes 102.5 has and 1521 2QN hasn’t – 4.84%


Deniliquin cares about its Cemetery with just over 600 people so far signing a petition calling on the ERC to do something about the state of the cemetery and the 96% to 4% poll backs the petition up.

The pending removal of the Peacocks was not well received by locals and was perhaps the ERC’s first ever major mistake but there is hope for a compromise that can keep the Peacocks in Deniliquin yet give the Peacocks the space for them to move as a lack of space has concerned other locals, there is no shortage of ideas some of which we’ve written down but it all comes to cost, political savvy and agreement.

In the final hours of the voting, the ‘No’ vote was at a peak of 90% before the ‘Yes’ vote clawed back 3% to end on 13%.

1521 2QN and 102.5 have been kicked around recently but many had high hopes that the new owners would turn things around, unfortunately it appears things haven’t turned around.

1521 2QN listeners don’t have to be reminded at the end of each song that it is ‘the new 1521 2QN’ or and listeners to both stations don’t want to hear the same songs played in the same patterns day after day and there is too much focus on Melbourne radio shows.

Perhaps one plus side to everything is that the local ads can be good ones, Big River’s ad is considered catchy although rival agents may not like the line that the competition is ‘slim if any’.

If you have any sensible questions you want asked, let us know and we’ll post it for you.



‘Dash to Deniliquin’ wrap

February 23 2018

Tomorrow will be one week since 110 passengers arrived in Deniliquin by Train to go eat at the Long Table Cafe in Warragoon.

707 Operations has two series of pictures and they can be viewed here and here.

The Lone Railrider has pictures and film of the trip with a short section of the video (shown below) featuring the train and its stay in Deniliquin.

The Deniliquin section starts from about the 9 minute 27 second mark and lasts until the  11 minute and 20 second mark of the video.

Historical train trips get lots of interest with this particular train being filmed by rail enthusiasts along the route, perhaps the interest historic train travel brings may entice the ERC to try bring more rail business to town and figure out how to roll out the red carpet at the current not very glamorous rail stop.

Stamp Out Local Bullying – March 6

February 21 2018

Intereach will be hosting an Action Group Meeting conducted by the Deniliquin Mental Health Awareness Group (website here) on March 6 to discuss how to stamp out local bullying.

We now live in a world where humanity is closer to each other than ever before thanks to the internet and the array of websites and apps that keep people connected but such closeness can also bring out the worst in humanity.

It seems like only yesterday that it was still possible for a student who was bullied at school could go on home at the end of the day and be free of what taken place in the classroom and grounds but now with social media everyone is in reach and can be hassled 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

What became a battle to hang on for six hours a day for five days a week has turned into a battle 24/7 because even if the bullied are not online the long reach of the internet can be used to spread rumors and stories around and they can last forever.

It is not just at schools that experience bullying, businesses now have the added pressure of been scrutinized online with errors in service now pointed out online in groups or other locations and it can lead to a mob mentality when a simple word to a manager could of rectified the problems and spare conflict and distress.

Work colleagues can also push each other around in the workplace and then online as well, creating bitterness, discontent and mental distress and it has lots of effects from business to personal lives.

There are solutions out there and hopefully the meeting on March 6 helps people discuss bullying, the effects it has on people and then consider and act on new plans and strategies.

So please consider going and being part of a discussion that can make our local area a better place when it comes to interacting with each other.