Come for brekkie, stay for cake

Photo by Cindy Power

An invitation is extended to local residents and visitors to join in celebrations to mark the nation’s birthday, Australia Day, on Wednesday.

Everyone will be treated to a free breakfast of bacon and eggs, or sausages, and refreshments from 8am.

Those gathered will then be called to order for the official ceremonies by popular Campaspe Murray Town Crier, Judy Campbell.

We’re delighted to have Member for Murray Helen Dalton MP taking time out from her busy schedule to join us for the Australia Day address and official ceremony, which will include presentation of local Australia Day awards and cutting of the Australia Day cake.

There will also be lots of giveaways, and some delicious cup cakes for the youngsters.

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What a great day for Australian sport — and the Australian population in general — it was on Sunday.

We finished off the Poms in style in the Ashes and gave a certain tennis player who thought he was above the law his marching orders.

It is also to be hoped that Sir Ian Botham, who ‘crowed’ about how he and the English team were coming here to show us how to play their game, left our shores with his tail between his legs.

Good riddance to them all!

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Popular group, Fifty Shades of Grey, will be back in town tomorrow night.

The boys will be belting out their special brand of music from 8pm in the Beer Garden of the Pastoral Hotel.

It is sure to be a great night for both locals and visitors.

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Fr Richard Green, new Parish Priest for St Aloysius Parish in Moama, and St Brigid’s Mathoura has certainly taken his congregations into the 21st century.

Not only has he set up a Facebook page to enable parishioners to keep in touch with what is happening in their areas, but he’s now gone one step further.

He is streaming masses online through Facebook and YouTube to cater for those unable to attend regular services.

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Twenty-six teams from near and far contested Mathoura Bowling Club’s first tournament for the year last week.

The Men’s 2x4x2 Pairs contest saw six teams finish on three games.

Following distribution of points, first place went to ‘the local blokes’ — Mathoura’s G Hulm and R Werner with 85 points.

They won from G McKay and D Millard from Stanhope on 84 points and D Morris and E Miller (Brunswick) with 83 points.

The Club’s Division 4a and 4b teams were the only winners in last weekend’s pennant clashes, with Mathoura Red enjoying a 14 shot win over Elmore and Blue winning by five shots over Deniliquin.

Midweek results saw losses by both teams, but Division 3 was a bit ‘stiff’, going down by just one shot.

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In my view it’s never too late to say ‘‘thank you’’.

So on behalf of the Mathoura On The Map Committee, I would like to extend a belated thank you to Mathoura Police’s Senior Constable Morgan Hadjialexious.

Many of you will be aware that COVID regulations at the time prevented the Mathoura Rural Fire Service from performing it’s annual task of conveying Santa to the park on carols night, so he could distribute lollies to the children in attendance.

However, Snr Constable Hadjialexious came to our rescue as Santa’s chauffer, and gave the ‘Old Fella’ a lift in his police vehicle.

While some may have initially been just a smidge concerned that Santa may have been arrested, their fears were dispelled when he stepped out of the vehicle with a grin on his face.

So thank you again Morgan for saving the day — your help was greatly appreciated.