Category Archives: Deni Speaks

Deni Speaks (19/12/17)

December 19 2017

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been running our routine polls here on the website to see how locals feel about local issues.

We asked readers for thoughts on Christmas, The ERC and Crime, we like to thank everyone for their participation this year as it has provided us great insight and lots of discussion.

Questions

1. Do you find the Christmas ads are annoying?
2. How do you rate the ERC so far?
3. Is Deniliquin experiencing a Crime Wave?

Results

55% of voters believe that Christmas ads are not annoying compared to the 45% that think they are annoying.

30% of voters have given the ERC a grading of D so far, 25% gave the council an F grade followed by 20% each of A and C and B was far behind on 5%.

74% of voters believe that Deniliquin is currently experiencing a crime wave despite the new flashy Police Station opening, 26% believe there is no problem.

Conclusion

The results of the Christmas ads are a little surprising considering viewers around the country were bombarded with Target, Big W and Jeweler Store ads with Target really annoying people with ‘Must Be Santa’ playing every 10 minutes particularly on Pay TV.

Those who voted on the Council question seem to think the Council is struggling in the early going.

The fate of the Peacock Enclosure may make the waters rougher unless they come up with a great plan to compensate for the loss of the well known attraction or pony up the cash to modernize the enclosure to suit all standards.

Crime is worrying locals, there has been a constant stream of reports concerning thefts, vandalism and car damage on social media groups and locals are starting to lose patience as thieves are eager to steal anything, anywhere and drivers are hitting other vehicles and are driving off leaving car owners with repair bills.

That concludes our report on the voting, thank you for reading the Deni Speaks series throughout 2017.

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Deni Speaks (1/11/17)

November 1 2017

Four questions were asked over a two week period and we have all the results for you as well as our conclusions.

Questions asked

1. Do you support working bees?
2. Should the Community Centre be resurrected?
3. Will the close Murray By-Election result benefit Deniliquin?
4. Should Coles Deniliquin have online ordering?

Results

Do you support working bees?

Yes – 72.22%
No –  27.78%

Should the Community Centre be resurrected?

Yes – 59.09%
No – 40.91%

Will the close Murray By-Election result benefit Deniliquin?

No, they just focus on the city areas – 81.82%
Yes, they’ll give the area more – 18.18%

Should Coles Deniliquin have online ordering?

Yes – 84.31%
No – 15.69%

Conclusion

Organizations in Deniliquin can feel assured that they will find support when they require a working bee to maintain some part of town.

People love the former Community Centre, its interiors are well remembered, its facade is part of classic architecture and many feel it should either be resurrected as a standalone community centre, a part of Intereach or opened as something entirely different to keep the building alive.

Locals believe that NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will not throw more resources into the Murray area after the Nationals narrowly held on to the seat in the recent Murray By-Election after decades of holding the seat comfortably.

This feeling if true could mean a voter backlash in the area in the next State and Federal elections as voters have been feeling neglected in recent years.

A large majority of voters believe that Online Ordering should be an option at Coles Deniliquin despite fears the option could cost locals jobs and lessen interaction between customers and employees.

We’ll be back with a new edition of Deni Speaks soon.

Deni Speaks (10/10/17)

October 10 2017

We’ve had a lot of votes come in for our four poll questions and below are the questions and then the results followed by conclusions.

Questions Asked

What do you want to see more or less on 102.5 The Edge?
What do you want to see more or less of on 2QN?
Will the Air Freight Hub become reality?
Will the Ethanol Plant ever become reality?

Results 

What do you want to see more or less on 102.5 The Edge?

Less Repeats (No Repeat Workday and have a much bigger playlist) – 35.98%
More Classic Rock (Rock from the 60’s to 90’s) – 19.58%
Become a Rock Variety station as it once was – 19.58%
Play more modern Rock Music (Rock from the 2000’s to Now) – 14.81%
More Variety from the 80’s to Now – 5.29%
Play more Top 40 pop music – 3.17%
Stay the same how it is now – 1.06%
Be less of a Northern Victoria station – 0.53%
Become a feel good station – 0%

What do you want to see more or less of on 2QN?

Play a wide variety of Classic Hits from the 60’s to 80’s and play the odd adult friendly song from the 90’s to Today – 53.03%
More Talkback – 10.61%
Play more new music – 10.61%
Less Talkback – 8.33%
Have a smooth type music format – 7.58%
Stay the same how it is now – 6.82%
Play more older music – 3.02%

Will the Air Freight Hub become reality?

No, a different project will take priority – 46%
Yes, council really believes in it – 28%
No, it makes zero commercial sense – 26%

Will the Ethanol Plant ever become reality?

No but they’ll probably talk about it forever – 50.52%
Yes – 24.74%
No, they’ll scrap it – 24.74%

Conclusion

Less repeats topped the wishlist for 102.5, it is known that repeats are done to keep royalty costs down but a wider playlist will bring back listeners and listeners to the ads that businesses pay to be on there.

2QN listeners want the classics from the 1960’s to the 1980’s with a little surprise from more recent times thrown in, this would keep 102.5 and 2QN from being the same and allow for choice.

Confidence is not high for the Air Freight Hub, many think the airport will get something different in the end but there is the thought Council’s insistence will see things through even if people question the need for cargo planes to scream in and that Melbourne is a short distance of time away by air.

As for the Ethanol Plant, the majority of voters think that it won’t happen but they will talk about it forever just like the third Bill & Ted movie we’ve been waiting almost 30 years for, other often talked about but never happening examples in the world are the movies Akira and Austin Powers 4 and the computer game Commander Keen: The Universe Is Toast!

 

Deni Speaks (26/9/17)

September 26 2017

We were asked to put up polls on Television and Radio to see what the local tastes for on both mediums.

The questions we put forth for our readers to answer were the following

What TV stations do you mostly watch?
What radio station do you mostly listen to in the Deniliquin area? 

Below are the answers, as some totals were close the percentages were not rounded up or down in order to have a full account of percentages.

What TV stations do you mostly watch?

Seven/Prime – 11.03%
Nine/Southern Cross – 11.03%
Ten/WIN – 10.32%
ABC – 9.96%
SBS – 7.47%
Pay TV Channels – 6.76%
7 Mate – 6.41%

9 HD – 4.98%
9 Life – 4.63%
7 TWO – 4.27% 
GO! – 3.56%
Streamed Channels – 3.2%
7 Flix – 2.85
Eleven – 2.85%
ABC News – 2.85%
One – 2.49%
Other – 1.42%
ABC 2 – 0.36%

What radio station do you mostly listen to in the Deniliquin area?

95.3 Triple M – 22.89%
ABC – 16.42%  
Triple J – 16.42%
Internet Radio – 14.93%
2QN – 9.95%
Hit 96.9 – 6.47%
Kix – 6.47%
102.5 The Edge – 4.98%
Vision Christian Radio 87.6 FM – 1.47% 

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Conclusion

‘The Traditional Channels’ led comfortably from the front in the Television poll whilst 7 Mate was the best of the expansion channels.

The radio poll has shown that locals prefer to listen to the stations outside of Deniliquin with Triple M leading with just over one fifth of the vote.

2QN and 102.5 The Edge combined for 14.93 percent, a total that is below equal second place’s ABC and Triple J’s individual total of 16.42% and equal with Internet Radio’s 14.93%.

The stations new owners will no doubt feel a little down about the lack of wide support for the two stations and should seek out the opinions of locals in order to make the stations popular again.

Lastly hello to the people at Mediaspy who are sitting in on these poll results once more as media is their forte.

We’ll be back in two weeks with the results from new polls.

Deni Speaks (5/9/17)

September 5 2017

For the last two weeks, we ran four polls on our website with questions on Speeding, Ute Muster, ERC Election and Rates.

Is School Zone speeding becoming a problem?
Are rates still considered too high?
Are you getting more excited about the Ute Muster?
What would you like to see happen from the ERC elections?

Results

Is School Zone speeding becoming a problem?

No – 55%
Yes – 45%

Are rates still considered too high?

Yes they are still too high – 85%
No, they are just right – 15%
No, the rates are pretty generous – 0%

Are you getting more excited about the Ute Muster?

No – 91%
Yes – 9%

What would you like to see happen from the ERC elections?

Kerbside recycling become reality – 18%
Keep Australia Day on January 26 – 18%
Rates frozen or lowered – 16%
Rates be more value for money – 14%
Roadworks to be first priority – 11%
Deal to install more cameras at Deniliquin Plaza – 7%
Push for better transport options (rail, bus, train) – 7%
Less dog barking in early morning hours – 4%
Make business employees park in employee areas – 4%
Better interaction between towns – 2%
Move Australia Day from January 26 – 0%

Conclusion

10% isn’t a big margin on the question of speeding, it will be interesting to see on social media if there is more reports of speeding for the rest of the school year.

Rates are still considered too high and one reason this is believed is because money given to Council is not considered well spent, the ERC’s first council will be under some pressure to deliver.

People don’t seem to be getting more excited about the Ute Muster, either it is unpopular or people just have fun on the weekend itself just like a routine music festival or Friday-Saturday night parties.

Recycling and keeping Australia Day on the 26th were the main points people want to see from the election, the ERC said there are looking at the feasibility of recycling and so the pressure is on to make it happen.

Any moving of Australia Day events from January 26 would be considered political suicide whilst rates taken up positions three and four and roadworks slotted in to 5th.

Deni Speaks (22/8/17)

August 22 2017

For the last two weeks, we ran four polls on our website with questions on Sport, Events, Buildings and Security

Does Deniliquin Plaza need more Cameras?
Are you looking forward to the 2017 Football/Netball Finals?
What is your favourite local event?
Have you gotten used to a building between Town Hall and The Globe?

Results

Does Deniliquin Plaza need more Cameras?

Yes – 100%
No – 0%

Are you looking forward to the 2017 Football/Netball Finals?

No – 70%
Yes – 30%

What is your favourite local event?

Cruising Nationals – 30%
Ute Muster – 22%
Deniliquin Show – 22%
Deniliquin XXXX Fishing Classic – 22%
Antiques and Collectibles Rally – 4%

Have you gotten used to a building between Town Hall and The Globe?

No – 55%
Yes – 44%


Conclusion

The total support for more cameras at Deniliquin Plaza is a surprise considering that 60% of voters in December said the Plaza does not need them, hopefully the ERC and the owners of the Plaza and come to some agreement on ensuring the needs are met.

Not a lot of people are looking towards Football and Netball finals, maybe because the season is coming to a close or their team did not make it to finals or just don’t like sport.

The Cruising Nationals is slowly gaining popularity (especially if they keep offering such a nice car in the raffle) and it is top of the list on our poll whilst voters gave an equal share to the Muster, the Show and Fishing Classic whilst the voter’s addition of the Collectors rally will be added when we look back at this in a few months time.

Just over half the voters aren’t used to a building between the Town Hall and The Globe which is understandable as there was just an ugly fence there for twenty years and pretty much a whole generation saw it whilst those who voted Yes were probably used to the time a building was there for decade after decade.

We’ll be back tomorrow with Poll Time.
 

 

Deni Speaks (7/8/17)

August 8 2017

For the last two weeks, we ran four polls on our website with questions on Radio, Sport, Sports Reporting and Major Projects Program

Questions asked

Sports Talk in Spring/Summer Should…..
If Deniliquin could get a third radio station, you’d want to hear…..
Was the Major Projects Program cash spread out right?
Deniliquin’s favourite local sport is…….?

Results

Sports Talk in Spring/Summer Should…..

Report on other sports – 96%
Take a break until Autumn – 4%

If Deniliquin could get a third radio station, you’d want to hear…..

Anything that doesn’t repeat often – 47%
Modern Rock Music – 44%
Modern Pop Music  – 6%
Country Music – 3%

Was the Major Projects Program cash spread out right?

Yes – 60%
No – 40%

Deniliquin’s favourite local sport is….?

Aussie Rules – 45%
Fishing – 16%
Netball – 14%
Rugby League – 7%
Rugby Union – 5%
Other – 5%
Soccer – 2%
Cycling – 2%
Basketball – 2%
Shooting – 2%

Conclusion

The overwhelming majority thinks Sports Talk should expand over Spring/Summer, we are open to suggestions on that front.

Repeating music is a major source of unhappiness from local radio listeners, they also want more Modern Rock music in the music, these are points anybody wanting to make a local station should take aboard in their quest for popularity, current stations 102.5 and 2QN may also take down notes on poll results now that ACE Radio has become major shareholders of both stations.

Just over half the voters think the Major Projects Program spread its cash rightly, it will be interesting to know from the ‘No’ camp why they disagree it could be for reasons like over half the cash went to Deniliquin or went to local spots that don’t need it etc.

Aussie Rules grabbed just under half the votes to be Deniliquin’s favourite local sport but Fishing’s second place finish is interesting and it would be quite something to revisit in several months time and see if it is still second and if it grabs a bigger share of the vote.

 

New poll questions will be available tomorrow, if anyone has sensible questions that want polled please let us know.
 

 

Deni Speaks (15/5/17)

May 15 2017

In this edition of Deni Speaks, we posted four questions on our website for readers to answer and we can now discuss the outcome of the voting.

Questions asked

1. How do you rate the local roads?
2. Would you use a Deni to Echuca hourly bus service?
3. Should Deniliquin have an Indoor Play Centre?
4. Would you use a Deniliquin to Echuca train service?

Results

64% of voters said that local roads are ‘Terrible’, 29% said they thought the roads were ‘Good’ and 7% of voters said the roads were ‘Perfect’.

It was a tie on the question of whether or not people would use an hourly bus service between Deni and Echuca, this question shifted back and forth between yes and no before a late surge in voting tied things up.

80% of voters said they think Deniliquin should have an indoor play centre, this question has been a popular one for many residents for some time and the results back up their enthusiasm for such an attraction

81% said that they would use a Deniliquin to Echuca train service, this has been a decades long wish for residents who wish for the region to be reconnected to Victoria by rail.

Conclusion

Residents will be expecting the ERC to get a move along in making sure roads are relatively smooth and/or pothole free as residents are getting unhappy with conditions and the seemingly lack of service for their rates.

Whilst voters were split on the bus question, it may warrant further investigation particularly if it can be found to be viable and a stop gap until rail returns.

An indoor play centre would be majorly beneficial for the local area as its flexibility would allow locals and visitors to enjoy fun activities year round without worrying about wind, rain, hail or excessive heat.

The rail question deserves to be looked at a local, state and federal level it and would be a handy topic come election time as it would be a financial win to the area and both the state of NSW and Victoria, it has been far too long since Deniliquin has had the ability to buy one of these.

A new series of Polls are currently being thought of and we’ll be back with a new edition of Deni Speaks two weeks after polls commence.

Deni Speaks (1/5/17)

May 1 2017

In this edition of Deni Speaks, we posted three questions on our website for readers to answer and we can now discuss the outcome of the voting.

Questions asked

1. What are your thoughts on current council rates?
2. Is late night Dog barking becoming excessive?
3. Should Deniliquin have an Easter Parade in 2018?

Results

100% of voters said that council rates are too high with nobody believing that the rates are just right or that the ERC has locals paying a generous amount.

69% of voters believe that Dog barking late at night is becoming excessive.

94% of voters said that they want an Easter Parade in Deniliquin in 2018.

Conclusion

Those who are looking to get into the ERC might want to campaign to lower or freeze rates when elected based on the results above.

The Dog barking issue was no doubt a difficult one as the desire of peace and quiet is tempered by the desire for security and dogs are excellent at providing security (most of the time).

An Easter Parade would be an excellent addition to Deni Fest, a balancing act may be required to ensure people can freely get to the events in the Waring Gardens but it can be done.

A new series of Polls are currently being thought of and we’ll be back with a new edition of Deni Speaks two weeks after polls commence.

Deni Speaks (17/4/17)

April 17 2017

In this edition of Deni Speaks, we posted four questions on our website for readers to answer and we can now discuss the outcome of the voting.

Questions asked

1. Should the river level be dropped before Easter?
2. Do we need more Police Officers in Deniliquin?
3. Should the ERC establish a recycling program ASAP?
4. Should the Gun Laws be loosened?

Results

100% of voters believed that the water level should not be dropped before Easter.

65% of voters believed that Deniliquin does not need more Police Officers.

87% of voters believed that a recycling should be established ASAP.

Our fourth and the biggest question we’ve ever asked is whether or not Gun Laws should be loosened, voters for the first time had the option of multiple choice to pick an answer from the five ‘Yes’ answers and two ‘No’ answers.

33% of voters believed that the Guns Laws are fine as they are
24% of voters believed the laws should be loosened for Farmers and Hunters
17% want the Gun Laws tightened
14% want the Gun Laws loosened for home protection
7% want loosened laws for Farmers and Hunters as well as Home Protection and introduce Concealed Carry and allow Semi Automatics to be made legal.
5% want Semi Automatics to be made legal.

When tallying up the ‘Yes’ vote and the ‘No’ vote, it is a 50/50 split and this question may need to be revisited towards the end of the year to see if opinion has shifted towards one way or the other.

Conclusion

The general public appears to have confidence in local Police which must be very good for them to know.

The wide support for recycling would please environmentalists and those who are concerned about the amount of cans and other materials left laying about town that are either left there or a long time or eventually end up in landfill and wasted.

Farmers and Hunters may be heartened to know that they received almost a quarter of the votes in the Gun Laws poll, gun control advocates may be pleased they won the individual vote and tied in the overall vote.

Thank you for voting and/or reading our poll results and we’ll be back with new poll results on May 1.