Year that was: September 2021

PIC OF THE MONTH: Mandy Hyde made history as the first female captain of the Deniliquin Rural Fire Service brigade. She is believed to be only the second woman to take on a captaincy role within the wider Mid Murray Zone. Photo by Zoe McMaugh

Here is what made headlines in September 2021.

‘Burst bubble’ - Edward River Council took aim at the Victorian Government, which had excluded the Edward River Council area from a border bubble arrangement with NSW. The decision was described as “unnecessary and potentially dangerous”, given Edward River has never had a positive case since the start of the pandemic.

‘Bakery is best’ - Josh’s Bakehouse was named Business of the Year at a virtual Business Excellence Awards. Judges of the Deniliquin Business Chamber awards said Josh’s is an “exemplary local Deniliquin business that has performed exceptionally across multiple categories within the awards this year”.

‘Gaps in park safety’ - Deniliquin mother Sherae Barnes started a petition to have Edward River Council address safety concerns at Deni’s Scott’s Park Destination Playground after one of her 3.5 year-old twins ran through the open fence on to the road. By the end of the month, council announced gates would be installed.

‘Police relaunch search for Ian’ - Police reopened the investigation into the disappearance of Bunnaloo man Ian Gray. Then aged 66, he was last seen leaving his home near Mathoura on September 11, 2015.

‘Housing plan’ - The development of up to 21 new residential blocks at Mathoura was being investigated, with the hopes it could help ease the housing availability pressures in both Deniliquin and Moama.

‘Hangar empty after 57 years’ - John Macknight sold his last plane, 61 years after getting his pilot’s licence and after 57 years of having planes in Deniliquin. Mr Macknight, who was once owner of Macknight Airlines in Deni, planned to keep his licence however.

‘Quake shock’ - A 5.8 magnitude earthquake was felt from Newcastle to Adelaide, and saw Deniliquin and district shake on September 22. It was followed by 4.0 magnitude aftershock, and despite how keenly it was felt in the local area no structural damage was reported.

‘National nod for Brian’ - Brian Purtill was inducted into the Alice Springs Road Transport Hall of Fame and Ghan Museum. He was nominated by his daughter Jordan Purtill.