Talkback: No time wasted on wall, reduced parking, love locks and more

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

More of the low brick wall in the Deniliquin Waring Gardens was carefully demolished yesterday.

Contractor Quarrell Civil Construction started on Friday and most of the section of wall being removed was gone by the time the tfBannersc Pastoral Timestf$f went to print yesterday.

The wall was cut in to small sections to aid in the removal and to ensure most of the bricks could be salvaged.

They have been loaded on to pallets to be stored for future use.

The 35m section near the cenotaph is being retained.

Parking reduced

Parking in Cressy St, between Napier and Edwardes St, will be reduced while works are completed on the Waring Gardens side of the street.

The contractor yesterday replaced the 45 degree parking with parallel parking, which reduces spaces from 40 to 20 as a result.

Also to happen this week is the removal of the Lions Club kiosk, which will be safely stored at one of council’s yards.

Other works include preparations for the median strip and for the upgraded pedestrian crossing, line marking, removal of the asphalt road surface and road base on the Waring

Gardens side of the street and completed paving works outside Federal Hotel.

To complete some of this, the contractor closed both lanes from Sunday. The road was reopened yesterday.

The contractor has been able to continue works primarily on one side of the road at a time to reduce disruption to businesses and traffic.

The 45 degree parking in Cressy St has temporarily been changed to parallel parking

Pruning success

Local green thumb John Russell shared his knowledge of pruning fruit trees at a workshop hosted at the Deniliquin Community Garden on Sunday.

Fifteen people turned up to learn from John, who turned a mess of branches into elegant shapes in no time, nipping and tucking leaves, fruit and twig buds to ensure a great harvest for next year. 

While visiting for the workshop, Barham’s Hume Colville took the opportunity to swap granite rock dust for a few pumpkins.

The rock dust will be put around the fruit trees to increase their flavour, which seemed to work a treat last year.

There are also still plenty of pumpkins for sale with all proceeds going straight back into the gardens.

Contact the community garden via its Facebook page, a member or visit the garden on Sundays from 10am to purchase a pumpkin.

Fifteen avid gardeners attended John Russell’s pruning workshop on Sunday.

Trees and electricity

Speaking of pruning, workers have been spotted cutting back trees near powerlines in the past few weeks.

It is done regularly to ensure both the trees and powerlines can be protected from damage.

Only authorised powerline pruning contractors should prune trees touching or in close proximity to power lines.

Top Dog top five

There’s been a change to the top five in the Pastoral Times Top Dog competition.

Jack’s Tyndall’s Aussie Bulldog Louie has pulled out in front in the competition, with just a few days left to vote.

At the time of going to print yesterday, Louie had 756 votes.

He is just three votes ahead of Lily Andrews’ Miniature Dachshund Coco, who was leading the votes at the end of last week.

Renee Beehag’s Golden Retriever Polly remains in third place with 465 votes, and Justine Keech’s Miniature Dachshund Kendrick in still fourth with 209 votes.

A new pup has entered the top five, with Belinda the Whippet gaining momentum with 159 votes.

Entered by Sandra Quinlan, Belinda works as a therapy dog.

‘‘Belinda has worked at Orana for the past seven years and is a great therapy dog for the residents, and also does a bit of part time at Intereach,’’ Sandra said.

‘‘Belinda has visited the big Melbourne hospitals and loves all the attention she gets from staff and residents.’’

Voting is open until July 3, at

Love locks

Today is your last chance to retrieve your locks from the unofficial ‘love bridge’ in Waring Gardens.

The bridge was removed last week to make way for the installation of a new bridge across the lagoon.

Edward River Council has asked anyone wishing to retrieve their lock to contact Quarrell Construction staff at Project HQ in Napier St before this afternoon.