Moira, Stella’s magazine cover shot

January 11, 2018

Moira Station has been featured for a second time on the cover of Australian Country, a country lifestyle magazine.

But the historic homestead is not the only local star of the most recent edition.

Stella Holden, the granddaughter of Moira Station owners Kate Pitt and Rex Watson, is glamorously featured on the front cover with a mini pre-pack caravan playroom constructed for her by Rex.

Kate said with plans to buy more for any other grandchildren they welcome, they expect to soon have a miniature caravan park at the homestead.

The magazine article provides an overview of life at Moira Station for Kate and Rex and their families, who were invited to be at Moira on the weekend the magazine’s editor Kirsty McKenzie and her parter Ken Brass stayed.

‘‘The article was about our choice to live here at Moira and our plans for the future.

‘‘Because the article was about our lifestyle and we are so family orientated, it did not seem out of place to have our extended family with us.

‘‘It was a great weekend and Kirsty and her partner took a lot of photos. To then see Stella on the cover of the magazine was delightful.’’

Stella is the daughter of Kate’s daughter Carly and her husband David Holden.

Kate said the article talks about Kate and Rex’s passion for the Deniliquin community, and the famed Deniliquin Ute Muster of which Kate was general manager until last year.

‘‘It gives me a sense of pleasure to see anything positive written about our muster or Deniliquin,’’ she said.

This is the second time Moira Station has featured on the cover of Australian Country, with the February/March 2017 edition also dedicated to the historic homestead.

Kate said another iconic image of Moira Station taken recently — its historic windmill — is featured on the cover of Australian Country’s 2018 hard cover diary.

Sweltering Saturday

Early predictions of a heat reprieve being delivered on Sunday were revised over the weekend, with both Saturday and Sunday having temperatures over 40°C.

At the time of going to print for last Friday’s edition, the forecast was for a top of about 35°C on Sunday. What actually eventuated was a top of 40.5°C.

It was only a touch cooler than Saturday, when the top temperature recorded was 42.8°C and the lowest recorded temperature was 22.7°C.

The long-term average top temperature for January recorded by the Bureau of Meteorology is 32.5°C.

The average is based on data collated in Deniliquin since 1858.

The forecast for the rest of this week is for extreme uv index conditions, but with top temperatures that fluctuate.

Today and tomorrow are predicted to reach tops of 32°C and 33°C respectively, followed by 38°C on Thursday and 40°C on Friday.

The early prediction for Saturday is a cooler 28°C, and 33°C on Sunday.

Emergency services on stand-by

Local residents, on the most part, avoided sweltering conditions at the weekend therefore also allowing most emergency services personnel to avoid the heat.

Deniliquin’s Ambulance Service NSW said there were no reports of heat exhaustion or heat related medical conditions on Saturday or Sunday.

The Rural Fire Service’s Mid Murray Zone brigades said it was also relatively quiet, with only a few reported fires on Saturday and mainly in the Moama and Barham areas.

Mid Murray zone manager Tony Whitehorn said the prevalence of fires could have been much worse, with Saturday’s top temperature paired with strong wind gusts of up to 52km/h.

He said local firefighters were preparing for the worst, and that himself and other support crew manned the zone office in Deniliquin all day Saturday to enable quick response to any emergency.

Deniliquin NSW Fire & Rescue was called to the Deniliquin Regional Park to attend a campfire burning near Willoughby’s Beach just before 11pm Saturday.

Because it ws a day of high fire danger, Deputy Captain Les Booth said the campers were instructed to extinguish the fire.

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