Category Archives: Town’s Future Thoughts

What does Deni Want?

We asked readers on our Facebook page what one service would they want to come to town and we got lots of answers.

We ask this sort of question every six or so month but we are starting to notice the list is getting longer with a variety of needs such as;

Hourly Bus service to Echuca (with a stop at Mathoura)
Hungry Jacks
Train Service
Heated Pool
Indoor Play Centre
Smooth Roads
Skid Pad
Anti Litter Signs
Kangaroo Culling
Duck Culling
Retirement Home
Dog Park
Natural Gas
Drug Rehab Centre

The Train Service has always been a popular option as locals want to be connected to Echuca and from there the rest of Victoria and it would come in handy for things like the Ute Muster where people could take a train to Deni and get bused to the Muster site.

An hourly Bus service to Echuca is another popular option and with a stop in Mathoura it is believed it would be a win for all three towns.

A Pool just like the one in Echuca is another option as Deniliquin is deprived of year round swimming and the therapy pool is not big enough to accommodate swimming activities.

Smooth roads is a popular choice among locals, we guess that can be put in the hard working council category.

Indoor Play Centre would be a winner especially in days that are either too hot, too cold or too wet and are not suitable for children to play in.

Hungry Jacks and KFC are again on the minds of locals, Hungry Jacks has been gaining popularity in the last couple of years.

Skid Pad would keep those who want to be Mario Andretti off the roads and doing their thing in a safe place, another idea would be to pave the dirt track and make it a mini race track.

Youth Group/Centre, possibly the second biggest long term desire the town has and the Community Centre is still sitting there.

Recycling is one that has been a popular suggestion and is well backed by our recent polls, there is recycling at the tip but people want a service that is picked up like regular rubbish.

Anti Litter signs to try prevent the litter dropping that is happening throughout town.

Large rest area with toilets, showers, town map and general information for visitors.

Kmart since the nearest is in Shepparton it would be beneficial to the town to have one though some businesses may not like it though on the other hand we do have Target and the world is still turning.

Kangaroo culling is also suggested in a bid to keep the population at safe levels to prevent farm and road traffic damage, Ducks are also on the list.

We even got the suggestion of a Brothel, we’ll leave that up to the readers imaginations of what that would do for the town.

Many more suggestions were offered and all of them would serve the town greatly in one way or another.

Most if not all suggestions are not unreasonable and should be attainable if pitched right to the powers that be and let us hope they are reading this piece and start making political savvy moves to get the wheels turning on these ideas.


What if we had a Car & Ute Museum?

Deniliquin loves vehicles of all kinds, we got a large amount of classic cars, a wide range of Utes, Clubs with strong memberships, a track, a Ute on a Pole, another Ute all dressed up with art, car restorers, car photographers plus as this is being written The Cruising Nationals is on and more.

So what if the love for all things with wheels is translated into a museum that shows off all of the automotive wonders under one roof?

Echuca has one with filled with Holden cars and it is pretty nice but what if we go for something a little wide ranging? There’s no denying that collectively car owners of Deniliquin have a wide range of cars from both current and defunct manufacturers .

Maybe borrow a NASCAR or a AUSCAR (and show people what the Super Speedway era of the 1980’s until the late 1990’s were like) and add a few more racing category examples for people love their motor sport as well and it may get people really curious.

Rotate the cars on display so people get to see something different all the time and also allow owners to take their cars to shows etc, it could work particularly since Deni has so many events on that bring the tourists in and it could bring in the all important money and people to town when an event is not going on.

It’s all possible and part of DNS’s existence is to make people think of what could happen with what people have got, it could end up being something really cool.

Calls for Cinema growing

Last year, DNS talked about the locals wishing a Cinema was back in town so they didn’t have to travel 45 minutes to see the latest release movie.

It is true the Regent Theatre didn’t offer a whole heap of movies per day during it’s long run but it’s low prices ensured that residents could see a good movie at a fraction of the cost elsewhere even if there was a blacked out Video Store below.

Where could a cinema go now? Perhaps one can be built towards the Stadium end of Napier Street or perhaps be built beside Deniliquin Plaza (corner of Henry and Hardinge) or even be built in the empty space at the corner of Hardinge and Harfleur Street.

Maybe it could be built in North Deniliquin as there is plenty of space there and the North does deserve a build up of amenities.

Then again Deniliquin could always just offer the Deniliquin Baptist Church a stack of cash for the town to reclaim the Regent Theatre and make it back into the cinema it was, the downside to that is would the purchase and refitting price of the Regent be below what it would cost to build and open a brand new one?

Having a cinema back in Deniliquin would be a boost to the lives of residents both young and old, families could save money in fuel costs, nights out can be extended a couple of hours and during the day people could relax to a movie, a money spinner if it’s played right.

All Deniliquin has to do is make it happen.

Should the bin network be expanded?

Humanity can be a sloppy species, we can be careless with our environment and around the world the carelessness seems to be increasing as rubbish is dumped more frequently.

What if Deniliquin’s stationary bin network (the maroon coloured ones) is expanded a little further, covering all the way down Hardinge Street and expanded down the Coles side of Henry Street and connecting streets where rubbish is known to laying around.

Rubbish is usually dropped within 100m of the point where consumers brought the product they just consumed with the area just behind Deniliquin Plaza being a popular place for litter dropping.

Some rubbish is held onto until it is consumed across the road and the rubbish ends up in some unlucky residents yard making them look like they are slobs.

It would mean more work for those who empty the bins on Cressy Street and other streets where bins are located but it could open the door of employment opportunity despite increased costs of having more people or current people working more hours.

Would an increased number of bins stop people littering? That depends on the person carrying the rubbish of the product they just used but would it increase chances of somebody picking it up and taking it a short distance to a bin where it belongs.

What Residents Want In Future

Yesterday we discussed what the future could bring to Deniliquin and the response from readers has been fantastic.

There have been a variety of suggestions given and below are those suggestions that may do good for the town in the future or even sooner;

A cleaning and re-painting of the Bridge as it is considered to be in very rough shape by residents, not only do residents cross the bridge by foot, bicycle or car it is also photographed regularly from the banks of the Edward River.

Adding more gluten free meals to Cafe and Restaurant menus as gluten intolerance is rising through the population and Deniliquin currently has a lack of gluten free options at local eateries.

An indoor heated swimming pool to match other towns such as Cootamundra, Junee and Echuca who have one, a heated pool would also enable Deniliquin to have a Pool operating year round.

A kids park much like the one in Moama is another suggestion, whilst Deniliquin has lots of parks an Adventure Playground would be something new for kids.

A parents room to enable the changing of nappies, breast feeding, bottle feeding and keeping warm or cool.
Such a room would also have to have amenities such as a kitchen complete with Microwave and of course toilets, It is believed such a room would be beneficial to the town as things would be made easier on parents whose kids need any of the above whilst in the centre of town.

These are all fantastic ideas and hopefully the powers that be will read them and the ones DNS suggested could be useful in the future and things go on from there.

Suggestions are always welcome on DNS’s Facebook page.