Mildura Weekly : Friday September 5 Vol 8 No 44
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014 By GRANT MAYNARD ON paper it had all the hall- marks of being the ‘trip of a lifetime.’ In reality it turned out to be all that, and so much more. To say Buronga’s Cliff and Jenny Magor merely en- joyed their recent eight and a half-month Murray River od- yssey would be selling their adventure short. They loved every minute of it, even the scary bits! This story starts when the former industrious chef, and his equally hard-working wife, saw a houseboat for sale at the Bruce’s Bend Ma- rina some years ago. The cou- ple have always been ‘river people,’ enjoying any time on the water they could snatch away– first from their busy restaurant and catering busi- nesses, and later their Sun- raysia Chickens enterprise. The couple rang the sale number on the boat, and were pleasantly surprised to find out the seller was some- one they knew! Jenny saw that as serendipity, and the deal was done. Now the proud owners of their own houseboat, the couple began to enjoy more and more time on the river. A weekend trip from Bruce’s Bend to Trentham Estate for a leisurely lunch was a favou- rite. They got more confident as their ‘river-faring’ skills improved, and their adven- tures got longer. Wentworth became a reg- ular destination, and later, after they retired, Renmark became another firm favou- rite. Both Cliff and Jenny have family in the Riverland, and the trips became a great way to catch up. All these shorter trips were preparing them for the river odyssey they had been planning for years – a trip down the Murray from Mil- dura to Wellington. They had become famil- iar with the river, its many potential hazards and its nu- merous locks and weirs as far downstream as Renmark, but had not ventured any lower on what is our nation’s icon- ic waterway. Departure day dawned clear and bright, and excite- ment was running high on the 17.5-metre ‘Jay Cee’ as Cliff and Jenny cast off. They had no firm itiner- ary. Their time was their own. They would be living on no- one’s clock but their own, and as they told their adult daughters Lyndall and San- dra, they would be “home when we’re home.” Cliff explained that a typical day on the river in- cluded a lie-in until eight or nine, followed by a breakfast eaten on the boat or bank, and a cast off time around 10.30am. “We were looking to travel about 30 kilometres a day,” he said. “Some days turned out to be a little lon- ger, sometimes as much as 60 kilometres, if we were try- ing to reach somewhere for a reason.” But there were very few of those long days the pair admits, and for the most part they moseyed gently down the river, preferring to take it easy. They usually started looking for a place to pull up for the night about 4pm. When most people en- visage a leisurely houseboat holiday, it is idyllic. Smooth It was an adventure they had been looking Cliff and Jenny Magor were free to roam the lower The river SHIREFocus THE SHIRE ON TWO RIVERS Tel: (03) 5027 5027 | Fax: (03) 5027 5000 | Email: email@example.com P. O. Box 81, Wentworth, N.S.W. 2648. (26-28 Adelaide Street) PETER KOZLOWSKI GENERAL MANAGER 17 SEPTEMBER 2014 COUNCIL MEETING The next Ordinary Council Meeting will be held at Council Chambers on 17 September 2014 to begin at 9.00am. AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS NOMINATE SOMEONE YOU KNOW FOR A WENTWORTH SHIRE AUSTRALIA DAY AWARD Wentworth Shire residents are urged to nominate a local sportsperson, environmental champion or community leader for an Australia Day Award 2015. “The Australia Day Awards highlight the achievements of community members and community groups that make key contributions to our community“says Mayor of Wentworth Shire, Don McKinnon. “Every year we discover a community or sporting group which has achieved at the highest level, and often there is an inspirational, quiet achiever nominated in the Citizen or Young Citizen of the Year category who makes a real difference in their community” continues Mayor Don McKinnon. The closing date for nominations for the Wentworth Shire Australia Day Awards will close on Friday, 7 November 2014. Council is seeking nominations in the following categories:- • Citizen of the Year (must be 18 years of age and over on 26th January, 2015) • Young Citizen of the Year (must be under 18 years of age on 26th January, 2015) • Community Group of the Year (two or more members - no age limit) • Sporting Team of the Year (two or more members - no age limit) • Sportsperson of the Year (must be 18 years of age and over on 26th January, 2015) • Young Sportsperson of the Year (must be under 18 years of age on 26th January, 2015) • Environmental Award (individuals or groups) PUBLIC NOTICES All awards will be presented at an Australia Day Ceremony on Monday, 26 January 2015 at Junction Reserve Cadell Street Wentworth. Nominations forms are available from the Wentworth Shire Council’s website www. wentworth.nsw.gov.au or are available from the Council’s Office at 26 Adelaide Street, Wentworth or by telephoning (03) 50275027. PS RUBY CRUISES WENTWORTH TO RENMARK AND RETURN (INCLUDING CHOWILLA STATION 150TH CELEBRATIONS) Cabins Available • Wentworth to Renmark via Chowilla, 18 – 22 September 2014 • Renmark to Wentworth, 23 – 26 September 2014 • Wentworth to Renmark return, 18 – 26 September 2014 Short Cruises Options Available • Wentworth – Lock 9, 18 September 2014 • Lock 7 – Lock 8, 25 September 2014 • Lock 9 – Wentworth, 26 September 2014 Country Music Festival Cruises • Saturday 27 September 2014 11am-1pm, with Country Horizon • Saturday 27 September 2014 2pm-4pm, with Ernie Constance • Saturday 4 October 2014 11am-1pm, with Dwayne Elix Tickets and information available from Wentworth Visitor Information Centre, telephone 50275080. WENTWORTH TOURISM EXPO TUESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2014 6PM-9.30PM Magenta Woolshed Australian Inland Botanic Gardens Showcase your attraction, business or organisation; network with industry members. $3000 Print Promo Pack to be won on the night. Site bookings telephone 50273268. WENTWORTH SERVICES SPORTING CLUB Council wishes to thank all parties concerned in relation to saving the Wentworth Services Sporting Club. NSW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION VISITS THE SHIRE Adrian Piccoli, Minister for Education, met with Council and discussed the difficulties Council is encountering to progress development at the rate it wants and heard how the Council feels the State Government can assist the Shire into the future. Council took the opportunity to show case the recent works completed by the Shire. GEORGE GORDON OVAL Wentworth Shire had George Gordon Oval Dareton looking spectacular for the finals last weekend. Council showed the progress of the Skate Pad/Basketball Court at Alcheringa Oval, and the completion of Stage 1 at James King Park. Other Council works completed in the last quarter: • Twin Wells/Popilltah shoulder widening works on the Silver City Highway costing $1.5 Million • Widening of the Wentworth boat ramp • Seventh Tr ee Rest stop Silver City Highway pavement works • Melaleuca Street pavement works Council has commenced the repainting the internal wall of the Midway Water Tower.
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