Mildura Weekly : Friday April 11 2014 Vol 8 No 23
www.milduraweekly.com.au 16 Mildura Weekly – 11/04/14 By GRANT MAYNARD THERE’S something fishy be- ing planned by the locals in the historic Darling River port of Pooncarie for the Anzac Day weekend. And, the good news is that they are inviting everyone to join in! The Pooncarie Hotel’s inau- gural ‘Catch a Carp Day,’ sched- uled for Saturday, April 26, is being promoted as a great fam- ily day out, with plenty of enter- tainment for everyone. According to key organiser and the town’s publican, Josh Sheard, the fishing competition itself will be one of many attrac- tions ‘The Port’ can offer visitors on the day. The competition will be staged from 10am to 4pm on the Darling River between the bridge and “Trevor Smith’s cut- ting.” “If people do not know where to go for the big ones we can let them in on the secret,” Josh said with a wink. The competition has four prize categories. There are two prizes in the Open section – one for the biggest bag on the day (calculated on total length and total weight), and another prize for the single biggest carp catch of the day. There is also a Ladies section, and one for the kids too! The prizes for these two sections will be awarded for the biggest carp on the day caught by a female and a child under 14. Competition fishing will be- gin at 10am, and close at 4pm. And, all fish in the running for a prize must be presented at the pub by 4.30pm to be judged. Another attraction will be a mystery raffle. “Everyone who catches a carp will be given a ticket for the draw,” Josh said. And, of course, there is Poon- carie’s sunshine, clean air and warm hospitality. “As we said, a great day out,” Josh said. Once the fishing competition judgements have been made, the prizes distributed and the raffle drawn, it will be time for a feed. The pub will be serving meals from 5.30pm, and there will be a live band, featuring Shane Parle, in the beer garden from 7.30pm. Josh is not letting on about what the prizes are for the com- petition or the mystery raffle, but with sponsors including Sunray- sia Marine, Got One Mildura, and Baldwin Boats it is not hard to make an educated guess. For more information ring Josh at the Pooncarie Hotel on 5029 5205. Something fishy at The Port New La Trobe nursing scholarship A NEW scholarship has been an- nounced that will support nurs- ing students at La Trobe Univer- sity Mildura. The Ramsay Health Care Nurs- ing Scholarship of $5000 will be awarded by La Trobe University each year to one of the Univer- sity’s locally-based students. The scholarship was an- nounced at the recent La Trobe University Mildura Awards Cere- mony by the university’s Pro Vice Chancellor Richard Speed. Mildura Base Hospital chief executive officer Dane Huxley said the scholarship reflected the value the hospital placed on sup- porting career opportunities for local students. ART-lovers, and people with any connection to Africa, have only until Wednesday, April 23, to view a display of African-based paintings and photographs that resulted from a Mildura-led sa- fari last year. Several of the Mildura wom- en who made the trip, includ- ing artist Elizabeth Phillips, are hosting the exhibition, at Ste- fano’s Gallery 25 in Deakin Av- enue, and will be available from 10am on the final day to discuss the paintings, and their African adventure, over a ‘cuppa. Among the works on display is a selection from the gifted Af- rican-born artist Stanley Siban- da, who the Mildura group got to meet at his home town of Bu- lawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe the homeland of the Matabele Tribe, the second largest of the indigenous tribes of Zimbabwe. Sibanda trained with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, and has a small studio based at The National Gallery in Bu- lawayo. His usual subjects are people, places and animals, which he paints using oils on canvas, applied only with a pal- ette knife. Elizabeth said yesterday all visitors would be welcome to attend the exhibition, espe- cially on the final day, and all works by the various artists are for sale. Last chance to see African art Dance on tap TAP dancing classes for over 40s are being held at Wentworth Uniting Church Wednesday, April 16 from 5.30pm. Sessions cost $5 with more information available by contacting 5027 3791. FORMER line-dancers who once danced to the beat of country music in Mildura have been invited to a 20-year reunion, to be held in the Sacred Heart Hall on Saturday, May 17. Organisers Dorothy Ross (RIGHT) and Gae McGlashan are hoping to see a lot of familiar faces - and their family and friends, for the reunion “to celebrate the god old days,” when as many as 100 people attended week- ly dance nights. It was Dorothy and Gae who introduced line dancing to Sunraysia in 1994, with as many as 300 dancers turning up to special nights and annual birthday celebrations. It was so popular at one stage that the girls took the dance craze up to Euston, and as far away as Broken Hill, and during one Mil- dura Country Music Festi- val, a chain of 1300 line dancers stretched from 8th Street to 13th Street... and according to Doro- thy could have reached to 14th Street if they had been allowed. She stressed the re- union wasn’t scheduled as a dance night (“although we might do some of the early numbers,” but more of a reunion of all those who have shared a love of line dancing through the years. The $20 a person entry will include the cost of a buffet meal, birthday cake, and door prizes. Dorothy said the night was open to everyone, but she would appreciate knowing numbers for ca- tering reasons. Interested people can book their spot by contacting her on 0438 334 106. Line-dancing reunion Something Line-dancing reunion SWAN Hill’s employment, hous- ing and lifestyle opportunities will be promoted as part of this weekend’s Regional Victoria Liv- ing Expo, with the event to take place at the Melbourne Conven- tion and Exhibition Centre. The aim of the expo is to show- case regional and rural Victoria as a great place to “live, work, play and invest,” with Mildura to also feature at the event. Swan Hill Rural City Coun- cil’s Economic Development Unit and Councillors will be joined by Swan Hill Incorporated represen- tatives at the expo, with Economic Development Manager Janelle Earle saying the event provided a fantastic forum to profile the re- gion’s investment opportunities, job, career pathways, diverse and affordable housing market and lifestyle. “We believe the Swan Hill region is the ideal location for young families in Melbourne looking to make a change, and is also a great place to retire,” she said “One of the expo’s real strengths is that it gives us a chance to speak directly to the people who are really considering a move to regional Victoria.” Ms Earle said one of the key initiatives from last year’s expo was the ‘welcome to Swan Hill weekend’ – an initiative held in partnership with Swan Hill Incor- porated. “Prospective re-locators came to Swan Hill and explored the re- gion themselves,” she said. “This included tours of edu- cation facilities, housing, com- munity groups and potential em- ployers. “Of the 12 people who partici- pated in the weekend and those who visited on their own after talking with us at the expo, three families purchased property and plan to relocate. “Others indicated they plan to move in the next couple of years.” Council will also use the expo to promote a weekend holiday package to the region, and to launch new marketing materials. 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