‘Youths’ guitarist to run Deni workshop

February 02, 2018

The wiley fox at the Thomson home stuck around long enough to pose for this photo.

Australia Day 2018 Order of Australia recipient John Taylor (fourth from left) and his wife Christine, their daughter Simone Hughes and grandchildren (from left) Sam, Duncan and Wallace Hughes at Jubilee Park on Australia Day.

Gang of Youths lead guitarist Joji Malani will make his way to Deniliquin to host a South West Music workshop on Monday.

It is intended for local youth with an interest in music, and he is expected to discuss what it is like being a professional musician.

Malani’s band Gang of Youths won a swag of ARIA Awards last year, including Best Group, Album of the Year and Best Rock Album, as well as having three songs in the top 10 of the Triple J Hottest 100 last weekend.

The workshop has been organised by local guitar teacher Shane McGrath, who has known members of the band for a number of years.

The band recently used one of his custom made guitars on an overseas tour.

‘‘The day will be free for all South West Music students,’’ South West Arts concert promoter Sivonne Binks said.

‘‘Due to a high interest in the workshop from others we will also offer non-members the workshop for $10 per person.

‘‘Joji is unlikely to come back this way for a long time so we urge everyone not to miss this opportunity.’’

The workshop will be held at South West Music’s Regional Conservatorium in Hardinge St, Deniliquin, starting at 9am.

For more information or to book a place, call South West Music on 5881 4736.

Special Oz Day

Pretty Pine’s Hughes family made a special trip to Myrtleford for Alpine Shire’s Australia Day celebrations last week.

Simone Hughes’ father John Taylor was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in the honours list on Australia Day, and a special presentation was made to him at the shire’s celebrations.

Mr Taylor, who is described as Myrtleford’s ‘Mister History’, was recognised for his ‘‘service to the community of Myrtleford’’.

He is a former teacher and deputy principal at Myrtleford Secondary School and is a long-standing president of Myrtleford Historical Society and Myrtleford Cemetery Trust.

Mrs Hughes said it was great to be involved in the special day.

‘‘It (the trip) was well worth it. We wanted to be there to show some family support and to help celebrate (the achievement).

‘‘Dad is very community orientated and it was lovely for him. It is a big job to be the custodian of the town’s history.

‘‘He was very excited we could be there.’’

Mrs Hughes also congratulated Lindsay ‘Silver’ Renwick who received an OAM on Australia Day for his commitment to local government and the Deniliquin community.

Big breakfast

The numbers are in — Deniliquin Rotary served a massive 220 breakfasts for the community on Australia Day.

Rotary catering committee member Tony Kew said the number was on par with previous years, and that as a result almost $1500 was raised.

He said Rotary would donate the money to a local organisation or project, with the recipient yet to be decided.

So how much food do you need to serve 220 breakfasts?

Mr Kew said the catering committee went through more than 200 sausages, about 250 rashers of bacon and about 20 dozen eggs.

The Edward River Council Australia Day guests at Deniliquin’s Waring Gardens also helped to consume 15 loaves of bread, two boxes each of Corn Flakes and Nutrigrain, six large bottles of orange juice and six large bottles of milk.

Hello Mr Fox

Deniliquin’s Hamish Thomson had an unexpected visitor at his Southdown Rd home yesterday, finding a fox on his doorstep.

Mr Thomson said his children were the first to spot the wild animal.

‘‘I didn’t believe them at first, but sure enough there it was.

‘‘It was trying to get into the house through a few different doors, but they were all shut.’’

Murray Local Land Services team leader of endangered species Peter O’Shannassy said it was quite common for a fox to behave this way.

‘‘Foxes are generally pretty cheeky and are quite comfortable living near houses,’’ he said.

‘‘Sometimes the density of foxes is larger in town than out of town, because of the river, plenty of cover and with plenty of food around they regularly look for scraps, house mice, rats and with the recent rain coming in frogs would also be on the menu.

‘‘I’ve had them before on my back deck eating my cat’s dry biscuits, so it happens more often than you think.’’

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