A large group of Tasmanian tourists is expected to roll into Deniliquin on Saturday night following the inaugural Tasmania vs Booroorban/Pretty Pine cricket showdown.
The game was organised by local farmer Jack Eastman, after talking with some of his friends from his days at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong.
‘‘My mates came across from Tassie to study agriculture in Geelong and have all moved back,’’ he said.
‘‘We usually play a game of cricket between Booroorban and Pretty Pine each year but this year we’re joining forces.
‘‘It’ll be a 40 over match and should be a bit of fun.
‘‘We’ll be playing out at Booroorban and most likely stop in at Pretty Pine for dinner before making our way back into Deni.
‘‘Next year we’ll hopefully head over to Tassie to return the favour.’’
Wet weather wedding contingency
Lachlan Holden’s experience as an agronomist came in handy when he married Brianna Sidebottom at Buller Wines in Rutherglen on Saturday.
A huge storm front rolled over Rutherglen just before the Deniliquin couple’s ceremony, forcing their special celebration indoors.
With access to long range forecasts in which to provide advice to his clients at IK Caldwell, Mr Holden said he knew well in advance of the wedding day that weather might play a factor in the location of their nuptials.
‘‘I knew a week before (that rain was coming) and shared it with Brianna when I found out.
‘‘We worked out the day before that we would need a back up plan, and the storm front rolled in about half an hour before the wedding.
‘‘Having already made the decision to head inside, it all went really well.’’
Mr Holden said the forecast did cause some stress for the couple, who had chosen the gardens of the winery as their wedding location 12 months before the big day.
But he said the knowledge of what was to come allowed them to have a solid contingency plan in place.
And when the weather cleared, it made for some stunning scenery for their guests and for photos.
‘‘Nice colours came out after the rain, and the sunset was amazing.’’
The couple were joined by 165 guests for the celebration, and have chosen to honeymoon in Malaysia before returning home to Deniliquin.
Plenty for minister to celebrate in Deni
As a Cabinet minister with two portfolios, NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events and Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall had a full schedule when visiting Deniliquin this week.
His visit was built around participating in a sod turning ceremony for Deniliquin TAFE’s new Connected Learning Centre development.
Happily, only days before his visit Deniliquin’s BIG4 Holiday Park claimed gold at the Australian Tourism awards for the third consecutive year, which secured its induction into the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame.
Before heading to the TAFE construction site on Wednesday morning, Mr Marshall enjoyed a guided tour of the holiday park with co-owner Lynda White.
On Tuesday night, Mr Marshall took a tour of the Deniliquin Ute Muster site and also had dinner with other tourism and skills and education stakeholders.He was accompanied by NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans on the trip.
Mr Marshall also had a chance to catch up with some old friends while in Deniliquin, including former mayor Lindsay Renwick who greeted the minister with a surprise.
Mr Marshall is also a former councillor and both were division presidents with Local Government NSW over about seven years.
Stopping by the Renwicks’ home on Tuesday night, Mr Renwick made sure to greet his friend in style.
‘‘I had the NSW state flag flying, and he was quite chuffed when he walked in,’’ Mr Renwick said.
‘‘He said he had never seen protocol like that before.
‘‘I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with him. He was mayor at Gunnedah at the same time I was F Division president, so we spent a lot of time together at the meetings.
‘‘We became very close friends, and we still are.’’
Edward River Council’s Project HQ office in Napier St, Deniliquin will be open today and tomorrow for community members to have their say on the draft Community Strategic Plan.
Located at 42 Napier St, project HQ will be open from 1pm to 3pm today and from 10am to midday tomorrow.
The strategic plan outlines council’s vision and priorities for the next 10 years, and its development was based on community consultation undertaken late last year.
Online feedback on the strategic plan is also being sought, at www.oursay.org/EdwardRiver.