The Deniliquin Ute Muster Committee is on the look out for two new directors, and a new general manager.By Cass Savellis and Zoe McMaugh
An election will be held to appoint two directors at the Deniliquin Play on the Plains Committee annual general meeting on Wednesday, March 13.
The two vacancies were left by Glenn Thomson, who resigned last year, and Ken Bates.
Mr Bates is confirmed to be standing for the position again, with Meredith Whykes-Tasker and Norm McAllister also standing.
Applications for the positions closed last week.
Committee chair Harold Clapham said whoever was elected would be coming in at an exciting time.
He said the committee would look to continue the success of previous years in 2013.
‘‘The committee is always aiming to make the muster a broader, larger, reflective cross section of the Australian community while maintaining its integrity and roots.
‘‘Overall the Ute Muster is in a good spot (in an organisational sense).
‘‘We’ve made changes that are productive and beneficial in the long term, such as online ticketing.’’
Mr Clapham also said preparations were well under way for the inaugural Deni Blues & Roots Festival to be held Easter Saturday and Sunday at the Ute Muster’s Conargo Rd site.
The chairman hopes the use of the Ute Muster site will grow to ‘‘six to eight times’’ per year for different events.
‘‘It has always been the committee’s intention to make further use of the site.
‘‘Now that the site has been developed with improved infrastructure, there is potential for a new industry in town and for the site to be a prosperous business.
‘‘It could potentially host a whole range of events and activities.
‘‘In the committee’s 15th year, the whole community should be proud of their contributions to the Play on the Plains events .
Next month’s meeting will be the last for general manager John Harvie, who resigned from the role in December.
Mr Clapham said an employment agency had been employed to help find his replacement.
The committee aims to have someone employed in the role before Mr Harvie leaves on April 30, and hopefully before the Blues & Roots Festival at Easter.
Mr Clapham said it would allow the new general manager to ‘‘shadow’’ Mr Harvie and ‘‘participate in the process’’.
For more information about nominations or becoming a Play on the Plains Festival member, contact Muster HQ on (03) 5881 3388.
Shepparton News sport editor Marc McGowan and journalist Hannah Driscoll talk about the interleague clash this weekend, with Goulburn Valley going up against Geelong.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
Outreach worker Les Twentyman, a local policeman and ERH worker, were among guest speakers at the Rochester and Elmore District Health Service community forum about substance abuse last week.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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