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It’s ‘yes’ for Farrer

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November 20, 2017

Riding for the Disabled Association participant Lily Donald accepting the cheque from Rock ‘n’ Rods organiser Lee Thommers with RDA participants (from left) Peter Chivers (behind), Faye Jones, Deniliquin RDA coordinator Luke Harrington and Kurrajong Warratah Yallambee Deniliquin lifestyle options coordinator Matthew Johnson.

More than half of Farrer electorate residents who voted marked the ‘yes’ box in the Same Sex Marriage Survey, with the nationwide results revealed on Wednesday.

‘Yes’ voters made up 55.2 per cent of those who completed their surveys — or 48,432 people. There were 39,297 ‘no’ voters in the electorate.

Those who did not return their survey forms made up 22.6 per cent of eligible voters in the electorate — 25,669 people.

Seventeen other electorates in NSW polled lower ‘yes’ votes than Farrer, with 12 of those electorates favouring a ‘no’ vote.

NSW, the most heavily populated state in the country, had the lowest percentage of ‘yes’ voters in the nation. Its ‘yes’ vote result of 57.8 per cent represented 2,374,362 people voting in favour of same sex marriage. More than one million NSW voters did not return their surveys.

The national result was 61.6 per cent ‘yes’, and 38.4 per cent ‘no’.

The Federal Government says it will act on the results before Christmas.

RIDING FUNDS

Deniliquin’s Riding for the Disabled Association was presented with the funds raised from the Rock ‘n’ Rods event at the Edward River Hotel on Wednesday afternoon.

Organiser Lee Thommers met members of the local RDA to present them with the cheque.

The event raised $635, with Deniliquin RDA coordinator Luke Harrington quite pleased with the funding.

‘‘Every little bit helps so we’re all very appreciative of this donation,’’ he said.

‘‘We’d like to thank Lee and everyone else involved with the Rock ‘n’ Rods.’’

DIALYSIS BBQ

A fundraising barbecue to raise money for the Deniliquin Dialysis Unit will be held in the Deniliquin CBD today.

Proceeds from the sausage sizzle will go towards purchasing essential kitchen appliances including a microwave, plates and cutlery.

The team at Service NSW will be cooking up a storm from 11.30am to 2pm at the Cressy Street Kiosk.

A sausage sandwich is $3 and a sausage sandwich and drink combo is $5.

EVENT’S GOING WELL

A flourish of bookings for the Gulpa Pre-School’s Pampering and Wellness Evening has secured the event, which will be held tonight from 6.30pm at the Intereach Neighborhood Centre in Trickett St, Deniliquin.

And there’s now an extra reason to ensure you arrive early — Deniliquin Florist is offering free bouquets to the first five ladies who purchase tickets on the night. Don’t miss out!

Once you purchase your ticket, everything on the night is free.

You can book in for a massage, makeup, hair style, reiki, kinesiology, meditation, aromatherapy consultations plus so much more.

And in between treatments, enjoy barista-made beverages – coffee, chai, hot chocolate, and teas. Gulpa families have also been busily making a delicious supper to complement your ice-cold beverages generously donated by local families and bottle shops.

Of course a fundraiser wouldn’t be a fundraiser without raffles. One $20 ticket will see you entered into the range of raffles, each offering prizes generously donated by local businesses.

There will be engaging and inspiring presentations through the night.

Tickets are $50 at the door.

FETE TOMORROW

St Michael’s School is holding its popular annual Twilight Fete tomorrow.

It will be held at the school’s grounds in Poictiers St from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, and organisers are gearing up for a night jam-packed with entertainment and fun for the whole family.

There will be a host of activities and amusements including a chair-o-plane, laser tag, pony rides, a jumping castle, battle of the bands competition, market stalls and more.

The fete will also boast a huge range of prizes up for grabs, with the raffle including a wine fridge, huge toy bundle, beauty packs and other items worth more than $2000.

And for the food lovers, the fete will feature an array of choices to satisfy just about anyone’s tastebuds.

DENI DOWNPOUR

A burst of rain which hit Deniliquin on Wednesday afternoon was patchy and obviously missed the Bureau of Meteorology weather station.

PT staff were caught up in the downpour about 3.30pm, but the BoM’s half-hourly data tables did not record any rainfall at its airport weather station until 6pm.

Edward River Council Mayor Norm Brennan said at the same time at his home in north Deniliquin, only a sprinkling of rain was received.

In the 24 hours to 9am yesterday, the Bureau of Meteorology recorded a total of 13mm at the airport. Its data indicated most of it fell in the early hours of Thursday morning.

There was another big burst of rain mid-morning yesterday and some in the afternoon before the PT went to print.

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