Sky High sales for opera experience

April 06, 2018

The April 14 Sky High Opera performance at the Deniliquin Airport is shaping up to be one of the biggest South West Music concerts in recent history.

At the time of going to print yesterday, more than 200 tickets had been sold for the Co-Opera performance of The Barber of Seville.

While tickets for the exciting event are still available, organisers say there are only a limited number left. As seating is allocated, you must get in quickly.

Tickets are $40 each or two for $70, and can be purchased online at

Ticket holders will get the chance to meet Co-Opera members after the performance, and canapes will be provided. The bar will open at 6.30pm, with the show to start at 7.30pm.

The opera performance is only one part of a big weekend at the airport.

On the Saturday, there will also be a Deniliquin Aero Club fly-in and mini air show and the opening celebrations for the first stage of the World War II Royal Australian Air Force No.7 Service Flying Training School Heritage Centre.

Nominations open

Nominations for the Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards open on Monday.

Two new categories have been introduced this year — Outstanding Young Employee, Trainee or Apprentice (Age 16-35 years) and Excellence in Workplace Inclusion.

The latter is open to all businesses including farming and agribusinesses, and was developed to recognise those which address the needs of a diverse community, including seniors, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with disability.

Other categories include Outstanding Business Leader, Employee of the Year, Excellence in Small Business, Excellence in Business, Excellence in Sustainability, Excellence in Innovation, Outstanding Employer of Choice, Excellence in Workplace Health and Safety Culture, Outstanding New Business and Excellence in Customer Service.

All businesses nominated are automatic finalists for Deniliquin Business of the Year 2018.

Nominations will close Monday, May 14 after which judging and site visits will be conduction.

The finalists are expected to be announced on June 6, ahead of the gala Deniliquin Business Excellence Awards night on Friday, June 22.

Coordinated by Deniliquin Business Chamber, this year’s event will be black tie.

Nomination details and forms are available at

Travelling disco

The NSW Police Force youth and crime prevention command will host a Blue Light Disco in Deniliquin this month, as part of a travelling initiative.

‘Operation SHOUT – Blue Light Goes West’ is being held in partnership with Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW, and will come to Deniliquin on Tuesday, April 17.

From April 13 to April 21, six police officers and a professional DJ will take part in a 1700km trek to also host discos in Condobolin, West Wyalong, Narrandera, Tumut and Queanbeyan.

The Deniliquin event will be held in Deniliquin High School’s Multi Purpose Centre, from 6.30pm to 9pm.

Youth attending the dance party will also have a chance to win some prizes and great giveaways.

Country ute display

The Deniliquin Ute Muster has put out a call to all ute enthusiasts to be involved in a ute display in Melbourne next month.

The display will be part of the Country Festival before the Essendon and Geelong Country Match at the MCG on Saturday May 19, in Melbourne’s Yarra Park.

Running from about 11am, the Ute Muster crew will hold a show and shine with some great prizes up for grabs.

The winner will receive a 2018 Deni Ute Muster adult ticket and free entry into the 2018 Deni Ute Muster Shown ‘n’ Shine.

All entrants in the ute display also receive two free tickets to the football match the same afternoon.

Anyone interested in being involved is asked to send a picture of themselves with their ute to [email protected] Call Muster HQ in Deniliquin on 58813388 for more information.

Learn from Dustin

Blighty Football Club will play host to AFL great Dustin Fletcher on Thursday night.

The two-time Essendon premiership defender will take the reins for the night, holding a junior footy clinic as well as training with the senior footballers.

Fletcher, who is Essendon’s games record holder playing 400 career matches, will also hold a question and answer talk during a dinner following the training session.

The junior clinic will start at 5pm, followed by seniors training at 6pm.

The dinner and talk will kick-off at 7.30pm with a cost of $20 for adults and children up to the age of 18 are free.

Food available on the night will be a roast roll and chips for $5.

To book your spot, or for more information, contact Michael Norman 0428333291 or club secretary Mel Dudley on 0400259735.

Win Winton tickets

The Pastoral Times has six double passes to the two-day 42nd annual Historic Winton event to give away.

Presented by the Austin Seven Club, it will be held at Winton Motor Raceway at Benalla on May 26 and 27.

Organised for the event is a heritage emergency vehicle display as well cars and motorbikes with significant anniversaries.

More than 2,000 display vehicles are expected to surround the Winton Motor Raceway track for the event.

To enter, all you have to do is provide your contact details — email to [email protected], or write them on an envelope and bring it into the PT office in Cressy St.

Entries will be accepted until 5pm next Wednesday, with winners announced in the column next week.

For more on the event, go to

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