Snakes coming out to play

October 8 2017

Snake catchers are starting to get busy as they are getting calls to remove snakes away from people and their pets.

The snakes were hiding as usual in the cold months but now that the weather is starting to heat back up, it is their signal to come on out and catch some sun and get a snack.

If you do spot a snake in your yards or in your house, call Benny Moylan 0475378778
but be aware that Benny is only available to assist if the snake is inside your house or if you or a pet is in danger.

visit ‘Snake Sightings in Deniliquin‘ for additional advice but it is recommended you join the group ASAP as approval is required to see posts and it could take some time depending on admin availability.

Some basic tips on keeping the snakes from finding a place to hide are the following

Keep the grass low
Keep your garden tidy
Keep wood heaps away from the house
Keep a tidy shed

Wikihow.com also has some ideas as well from patching up holes in houses to eliminating sources of food for snakes such as bugs and rodents.

We hope all readers and their pets have a safe summer and autumn from snakes.

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October 15 – Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

October 6 2017

October 15 is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Day and it is a day that marked around the world by many organizations and by those who have lost a child either during pregnancy or during the child’s infant years.

While it is not yet an official day, it is a day that is of great importance to many around Australia.

1 in every 5 recognized pregnancies end in miscarriage and it can cause overwhelming grief and sadness for the parents of the lost child.

The loss of a child so early after childbirth can also bring overwhelming grief and sadness and there is great support services for parents who face either or both of those tragedies.

One such organization that provides support is SANDS and they are for miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death support and their website has areas on Support, Information, Professionals and Support Us.

Another organization is the NALAG Centre for Loss & Grief in Dubbo and every October 15 they have a Remembering Ceremony at their Remembering the Babies Memorial Rock Garden where parents of a lost child are offered a stone to be placed in the garden in their memory.

The ceremony is on at 6.30pm  at the NALAG Centre in Welchman Street, Dubbo and RSVP’s can be made on 02 6882 9222.

With Dubbo and other locations being so far away, it is hoped that Deniliquin will in the future have a support group of their own to help those in their time of grief.

Church Cookbook

October 6 2017

Welcome to our new section of DNS simply titled ‘Cooking’, it is taking a look at some of the local cookbooks published over time.

To begin we start off with a cookbook from the Baptist Church that was made to support missionaries going to Niger.

The cookbook was found on eBay and after a couple of months watching it, we brought it to find out its story and what was inside.

Below is the list of recipes that were in the book, this taken some time to type out but if you want any recipes please inbox us and we’ll type it out for you or post one every Friday.

Capitaine With Peos Peanut Sauce
Ground Chicken
Lentils and Rice
Peanut Sauce with Beef (Tigadagay Foy)
Lemon Hari
Chicken Satay
Green Curry Chicken
Chicken Soup
Chicken and Corn Soup
Corn Chowder
Corn & Bacon Chowder
Creamy Pumpkin Soup
Creme Dubarry (Cauliflower Cream Soup)
Cream of Zucchini Soup
Easy Minestrone
Green Pea & Ham Soup
Minestrome Soup
Orion, Celery & Tomato Soup
Potato, Bacon & Onion Soup
Pumpkin Soup
Tortellini & Tomato Soup
Australian Cassarole
Bacon, Cheese & Onion Quiche
Baked Omelette
Baked Pineapple Cups
Baked Shoulder or Leg Chops
Beef Casserole Florentino
Beef Casserole Rich Brown Gravy
Broccoli Frittata
Cheese and Tuna Rice
Cheesy Bacon and Egg Slice
Cheesy Pasta Bake
Country Baked Pork Chops
Creative Casserole
Curried Sausages
Curried Chicken Pie
Daniel’s Rainbow Fettucini
Easy Chicken and Almond
Easy Mince Steak Casserole
Farmhouse Casserole
Fried Fish Steaks (Tali Macchi)
Honey Chicken
Honeyed Chicken Wings
Impossible Pie
Italian Chicken Style
Jack Pot Dinner
Magic Quiche
Marie’s Meat Slice
Marrow (Summer Quash) with Savoury Stuffing
Mel’s Soy, Honey & Garlic Stir Fry
Pineapple Steak Casserole
Pineapple Steak with Tasty Sauce
Pasties
Queso (Savoury Pumpkin Pie)
Quick and Easy Chicken Casserole
Salmon Layer Casserole
Salmon Pasties
Salmon Puffs
Sauce for Lamb Cutlets
Sausages Creole
Savoury Chops
Savoury Pumpkin and Leek Tart
Spaghetti Bolognaise
Silken Chicken (Reshmi Murgh)
Spinach Tart with Rice Crust
Spring Rolls
Steak and Mushroom Casserole
Super Spring Rolls
Sweet and Sour Beef Casserole
Sweet and Sour Sausages
Tuna Slice
Tuna Mornay
Tune Rice Slice
Turmeric Rice (Peelay Chaaval)
Wendy’s Spinach Pie
Zucchini Slice
Amanda’s Chocolate Pudding
Apple Shortcake
Apricot Rice Flan
Baked Rice Custard
Biscuit Pastry
Boiled Fruit Pudding
Butterscotch Self-Saucing Pudding
Caramel Bread and Butter Pudding
Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding
Coconut Custard
Crunchy Apricot Pudding
Freestate Pudding
Golden Pudding
Half Hour Chocolate Pudding
Impossible Pie
Lemon Fudge Pudding
Quick Apple Sponge
Quick & Easy Dessert
Quick Pudding
Self-Saucing Lemon Pudding
Sultana Lemon Pudding
Sultana Caramel Pudding
Whole Lemon Pudding
Banana Jelly
Baked Chocolate Cheesecake
Caramel Cream Pie
Chocolate Date Tart
Cream Pie with Various Fillings
Fruity Chiffon Pie
Ginger Lemon Pie
Honey and Sultana Cheesecake
Kish Mish
Lemon Cheesecake
Lemon Meringue Pie
Milk Cake
Orange and Lemon Flummery
Passionfruit Cream Tart
Pavlova
Rocky Road Pudding
Spanish Cream
Strawberry Hazelnut Gateau
Swiss Chocolate Mousse
Bacon Wrapped Pineapple
Bananas Supreme
Hawaiian Toast
Honey Dreams
Icecream Truffles
Rocky Road Bananas
Rocky Road Ice Cream
Savoury Cheese Dogs
Tortillas
Barbequed Chicken Satay
Tasty Sauce for Layered Salad
Noodle Salad No. 1
Noodle Salad No. 2
Potato Salad
Ideas for a Vegetarian BBQ
Special Rice Salad
Andrew’s Pizzas
Aussie Barbecued Emu
Aussie Camel Stew
Banana Cake
Crazy Wacky Chocolate Cake
Curry with Daal (Lentils)
Derek’s Mystery Steaks
Golden Syrup Dumplings
John’s Perfect Boiled Eggs
Mark’s Marvelous Damper
The Pastor’s Boiled Fruit Cake
Thai Fried Rice
Tuna Mornay
Blueberry Muffins
Bread
Bread Rolls
Cheese Loaf
Choc Bit Muffins
Fruit Muffins
Granny Scones
Hazelnut Choc-Chip Muffins
Jaffa Muffins
Lemon and Yoghurt Muffins
Muffins and Variations
Oatmeal Pancakes
Pumpkin Sultana Scones
Raisin Bread
Six Cup Muffins
Sweet Corn and Bacon Muffins
Whole Fruit Scones
Almond Bread
Apple Apricot Cake
Apricot Allbran Cake
Apricot and Walnut Loaf
Armenian Nutmeg Cake
Banana Cake No. 1
Banana Cake No. 2
Banana Cake with Golden Syrup Icing
Banana Delight Cake
Banana Health Cake
Boiled Wholemeal Fruit Cake No. 1
Boiled Wholemeal Fruit Cake No. 2
Boston Bun
Butter Cake with Variations
Butterscotch Cake
Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake (Microwave)
Carrot and Walnut Slice
Cherry and Walnut Cake
Chewy Chocolate Muesli Brownies
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cherry Slice
Chocolate Chipper Cake
Chocolate Delight
Chocolate Fudge Cake
Chocolate Fudge Filling
Chocolate Rough Slice
Chocolate Truffle Cake
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Cinnamon Ginger Cake with Caramel Icing
Coconut Ice Cake
Coconut Lime Syrup Cake
Crazy Cake (microwave)
Date Loaf
Date and Nut Loaf
Devil’s Food Cake
Fruit Loaf
Fruity Pumpkin Cake
Fruit Slice
Ginger Banana Cake
Glazed Orange Walnut Cake
Golden Ginger Cake
Half 2, 4, 6, 8 Cake
Honey Loaf
Hungarian Nut Cake
Kath’s Chocolate Cake
Lemon Butter Squares
Lemon Coconut Slice
Lemon Crumb Crunch
Lucious Belgian Lemon Teacake
Mother’s Bun Loaf
Muesli Bars
New Fruit Cake
No-Bowl Choc. Bit Slice
Orange Cake
Passionfruit Shortbread
Peanut Slice
Pecan and Pineapple Squares
Peanut Caramel Squares
Peanut Honey Slice
Pineapple Carrot Cake
Pineapple Fruit Cake
Plain Sponge
Pumpkin Fruit Cake
Raspberry Coconut Slice
Rich Chocolate Cake
Simplicity Chocolate Cake
Powder Puffs
Six Minute Orange Cake
Spiced Apple Cake
Strawberry Slice
Saltana Cake
Susan’s Chocolate Cake
Tiffin Tea Cake
Tea Barm Brack
Tropical Ginger Cake
Walnut Squares
Wholemeal Apricot and Coconut Cake
Yogurt Lemon or Orange Cake
Zucchini Walnut Loaf
ANZAC Biscuits
Burnt Butter Biscuits
Cherry Winks
Choc Nut Cookies
Crisp Coconut Biscuits
Gingerbread Men
Honey Joys
Long Keeping Cookies
Macaroons
Peanut Cookies
Food Processor Shortbread
Scottish Shortbread
Shortbread
Slap-Ups
Toll House Cookies
Yo-Yos
Apricot Slice
Caramel Hedgehog
Caramel Walnut Crunch
Choc Bit Apricot Slice
Chocolate Peppermint Slice
Chocolate Topped Crunchy Slice
Fruity Malt Slice
Hedgehogs
Hedgehog Slice
Honey Muesli Bars
Jelly Slice
Lattice Slice
Lemon Slice
Lemon and Ginger Slice
Lyndall’s Jelly Slice
Lyndall’s Luscious Apricot Slice
Marshmellow Slice
Pineapple Cream Slice
Spiders
Vanilla Slice
Apricot Balls
Apricot Chews
Cherry Fruit Balls
Chocolate Nut Fudge
Coconut Ice
Fudge
Hazelnut Truffles
Rocky Road
Tahini Log
Toffee
White Christmas
Fruit Punch
Fruit Punch No. 2
Golden Fruit Punch
Lemon Cordial
Lemon Cordial Drink
Minted Lime Punch
Pink Strawberry Spider
Punch
Rose and Blackcurrant Sip
Bill’s Special Dips
Pineapple Dip
Savoury Dip
Seafood Mornay Appetizer
Skorthalia (Garlic Sauce)
Taramosalata (Fish Roe Puree)
Tomato Sauce
Tzatziki (Yoghurt and Cucumber Relish)
Zucchini Pickle

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Murray By-Election – October 14

October 5 2017

Barely a month after the hustle and bustle of the ERC elections, residents will be back at the polling booths next Saturday to pick who will represent us at state level.

Six candidates are trying their luck to win the seat vacated by Adrian Piccoli, the Nationals have picked Austin Evans as their candidate in their bid to retain the seat.

Helen Dalton and Brian Mills are returning candidates from the 2015 poll, Helen Dalton came second in the 2015 poll as an Independent and is now with the Shooters, Fishers And Farmers Party.

Pete Robinson is back on the campaign trail and he is running as an Independent just weeks after trying to make it into the ERC, he has a Facebook page in operation for those wanting to know more about what he aims to achieve in the electorate.

Joining the four are Michael Kidd (Country Labor) and Ray Goodlass (Greens), some more details on all six candidates can be found here.

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party’s street cred has been on the rise in recent months as they did take the seat of Orange in the by-election held there from the Nationals, a feat that was long considered near impossible for any party.

Country Labor will be hoping the popularity of the Federal ALP will see them over the line and the Independents are no doubt hoping that rising desire for independent thought in Parliament will give them a chance.

Orange and Murray are similar for the reason that the Liberals or Nationals have held the seat and for decades including years under a different seat name.

According to a post in Menindee Region Community Group on the Darling River, a poll said 69.7% will be voting for Helen Dalton, a poll is running on this website to see if the domination is similar and see where the winds are blowing pre October 14.

Voting can be done at the below locations from 8am next Saturday.

Deniliquin Dental Clinic
Deniliquin High School
Deniliquin North Public School
Edward Public School

Ute Muster 2017 Wrap

October 2 2017

The Ute Muster is done and dusted for the year and people seemed generally satisfied with what they experienced over the weekend.

No gumboots were needed this year as the rain that threatened to show up before the start of the event did not turn up which was good for Muster folk but bad for Farmers as September was a month with very little rain ensuring the area stayed well below average rainfall.

Over 15,000 people turned up for the event with 6,313 Utes counted and 1,941 people wore the blue singlet which was way down on the record of 3959.

Most reviews left on the Ute Muster Facebook page were five star ratings which is good for them, the page over the years have received a rating average of 4.6.

A great number of comments on the internet talked about the need for additional toilets with a focus on them being available further down the site and a tweaking of the wristband cash system.

Most people did not mind an hour or two wait to get into the site fully understanding that each vehicle had to be checked for prohibited items to ensure the safety of the people.

During the weekend, statuses were seen of people wishing they could go to the Muster, one writer even putting it on their bucket list.

Two officers were reported injured by shrapnel after a gas bottle was thrown into a fire and others were hit by eggs and other projectiles, drug detection was up from 8 to 38, two dozen people are off to court and the fire brigade were called out to extinguish fires.

Below is a rundown of the Police report, further details can be found here.

RBT’s went up from 326 to 2526
Time Outs went up from 105 to 128
Charges as mentioned earlier was two dozen up from 11
Ejections went down from 35 in 2016 to 12 this year.
63 person searches were conducted
39 vehicle searches were made
There were 14 Cannabis Cautions
800 random drug tests conducted on roads surrounding Deniliquin
Out of the 800 tests, 5 were positive
There were also four drink driving charges made.

In terms of big press, the Muster got it for sure with lots of reports on the Beer Bongs, Breasts requests, Some naked guy in a mud pit and more while some publications just dished out the stats and the stars and how pleased they were to perform at the event.

Among the news services reporting on the action (Good, bad and amusing reports) were news.com.au who posted their report in their WTF section of lifestyle, The Daily Telegraph, Huffington Post, Brisbane Times, Daily Mail and the Newcastle Herald.

themusic.com.au also reported on the Muster with the headline ‘Punters Attack Police At Deni Ute Muster’.

The Morning Show did a piece on the Ute Muster as well.

It will be interesting to see what will happen in the 2018 edition of the Muster, no doubt they’ll be wanting to avoid a repeat of drugs and injured officers and improve on the successes.

Poll Time (27/9/17)

September 27 2017

We have four new questions for readers to think about and vote on.

Questions asked 

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

Why these Questions?

Questions 1 and 2 are because 102.5 and 2QN polled less than 15% of the votes on our poll on what people listen to in the Deniliquin area.

These questions will attempt to find out what voters think is the solution to their problems.

Voters can pick 3 choices on both the 102.5 and 2QN questions.

The Air Freight Hub is a controversial project, many believe it does not make sense as Melbourne is so close air travel wise and the money spent at the airport could go to something more useful.

The Ethanol Plant has been discussed for many years and whilst it keeps popping up in discussion nothing seems to happen with it and we are wondering what confidence voters have in it.

Polls will remain open until lunchtime on Tuesday October 10 and results published in Deni Speaks the same day.

Ute Muster Information

September 27 2017

Below is some information gleaned from various sources on what to expect with traffic, road closures and speed limits as well as shop specials and entertainment.

Muster Entry Conditions

It is a very good idea to read the Ticket Terms & Conditions so you’re not bringing in or doing anything that is prohibited.

Speed limits and Signage

The speed limit from the Finley Road (SH20)/Conargo Road (MR552) intersection until 2.5 kilometres east on the Conargo Road (MR552) has been lowered to 50km/h and will last from 6am on Thursday, 28 September 2017 until 12pm on Sunday, 1 October 2017.

‘No Stopping’ signs have been erected on both sides of the road from 1.2km south of the Ute Muster Main Entrance all the way to 500m north of the Main Entrance and this started from 4pm Monday and will go on until 12 Noon on Monday October 2.

There will be “No Stopping” allowed on the shoulders of the roadway whilst the signs are in place. There are also “No Camping” signs in place.

Traffic updates can be found if there is any congestion or accidents on Live Traffic NSW.

Closures

The north bound lane of a section of Napier Street between George and Charlotte Street will be closed.

There will also be “No Right Turn” at Charlotte Street onto Napier Street. These restrictions will apply from 12pm tomorrow and will last until 10pm

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Smart Street from Hay Road to the Conargo Road (MR552) will be closed from 8am on Thursday until 10pm that night (Utes and local traffic only).

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All traffic that is travelling from Conargo on the Conargo Road (MR552) will have to detour down Wandook Road, This detour will be in effect from 8am on Thursday and continue until 11pm that night.

There will be traffic controllers around to make sure that traffic flows as smoothly as possible but be aware there will be delays.

Police

There will be 120 Police Officers around they will be searching vehicles before they enter the grounds to make sure no prohibited items are going in, this also applies to vehicles being driven back after leaving the site for any reason.

There will be extra Highway Patrol vehicles around town and there will be Drug and Alcohol tests as well.

Patrons are also reminded it is a licensed venue so if you have too much to drink and you’re caught, you’re out.

Shops

Scoop n Brew is having ‘Ute-Beaut Specials’, this might come in handy if Deniliquin Plaza and its Car Park is going crazy with traffic and you’re waiting to leave or you’re suddenly hungry and so you try their array of food and drink to pass the time.

Sausages in Bread are available for purchase outside Coles on Thursday from 11:30am, Coleslaw and Onions for 50c extra and drinks are $2, this event is for the Recharge Support Fund.

Transport

Need a bus to get to the Ute Muster? No problem because you can click here for the bus timetable, buses start leaving Wired Entertainment from 9:43am on Friday.

Muster goers can be picked up at one of the following locations, please note the round trip takes around an hour.

  • Wired Entertainment
  • Deniliquin RSL Club
  • East End Store
  • Big 4 Deniliquin Holiday Park
  • Edward Public School
  • Riverview Motel
  • Riverside Caravan Park
  • Caltex North
  • Pioneer Gardens Centre
  • Deni Ute Muster Bus Stop

Entertainment

Down at the Edward River Hotel, Trainwreck Trio will performing on Thursday night and Happy Hour +1 will be in effect start from 5pm and ending at 7pm.

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.

Working Bee Success

September 25 2017

The working bee to tidy up the Cemetery last Sunday was a massive success with many graves now free of the weeds that surrounded them.

One particular before and after shot shows just how effective the working bee was as the differences of the two shots are nothing shot of clear, impressive and righteous.

A second working bee has been set for Saturday October 14 at 8am and as with the first event there is a Facebook event page in which to express your interest in being part of the working bee and ask any questions you need to ask.

Working Bees such as these will ensure that once Community Service returns to the cemetery in the near future their work can focus on the restoring and maintaining the graves ensuring the cemetery will be completely well maintained.

We hope the second working bee will be as well attended as the first and is also as well successful.

Deni Footballers narrowly denied Premierships

September 25 2017

Deniliquin’s AFL Footballers had an agonizing close to success weekend as both their sides lost in the VFL and SANFL Grand Finals respectively.

Sam Lloyd’s Richmond went down by four points to Port Melbourne in the VFL whilst in the SANFL Todd Marshall’s Port Adelaide were defeated by Sturt by a point.

Sam was widely hailed for having a superb game, so superb that he is a chance to play in the Tigers AFL Grand Final match against Adelaide should there be an injury or selection change.

Sam had 35 possessions, 10 clearances, nine tackles and a goal, there was one additional honour for Sam as he is now etched into the history books as the winner of the Norm Goss medal for best afield.

Todd Marshall played in the SANFL Grand Final for Port Adelaide and had four kicks, two handballs, three marks, six tackles and kicked 0.2 in the loss to Sturt.

Todd spent the majority of the AFL season in SANFL but managed to play finals in both the AFL and SANFL due to meeting SANFL game playing criteria to play in finals.

Whilst losing a Grand Final is no fun, the two men should be very proud to have participated in the biggest day of their respective reserve leagues and may success find them in the AFL and VFL/SANFL in the future.